Are you going to turn off your lights and electrical devices between 8:30pm and 9:30pm for Earth Hour? We are, which means our daughters will be participating in the event as well except they’ll be doing so in their sleep.
Well… maybe we’ll cheat a little and keep their nightlights and fans on because if we don’t they’ll wake up and then no Earth Hour activities for us adults.
Keep reading for a few things we – and others – like to do during Earth Hour!
Earth Hour may be only a 60 minute event, but it’s purpose is to prove that even the smallest actions contribute to a more environmentally conscious and sustainable way of living. The idea that each one of us can make a difference with small, every day actions is exactly what Of Houses and Trees stands for and lines up with how I try to live my life. As the Earth Hour website says, “No one causes climate change in isolation and no one can tackle it alone. Changing climate change requires innovation in ambition, vision and collaboration and it starts with each of us.”
What started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia as a one-city affair has grown to a worldwide event. Here are a few stats on last year’s Earth Hour to give you an idea of what it’s grown into:
188 countries participated in Earth Hour 2019.
Thousands of landmarks and monuments switched off their lights, including the Sydney Opera House and Eiffel Tower.
26 countries saw #EarthHour and related hashtags trend.
So yeah, people are participating in and people are talking about Earth Hour. But what does that mean for the planet? Creator of the event, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), admits that Earth Hour is a symbolic gesture and is not meant to significantly reduce electrical consumption in a single hour once a year. Instead, it’s about getting people to talk, think and act – not just during those 60 minutes, but year round. The WWF believes Earth Hour drives legislative change, promotes protection of forests, oceans and wildlife, encourages sustainable lifestyles and helps spark global awareness about environmental issues. Here are a few areas where our awareness and actions can create positive changes:
Protection of forests and the trees, plants, animals and organisms that live there.
Management of waste.
Sustainable agriculture and food consumption.
So, with all that being said, what are some Earth Hour activities you can do this year? This means no iPhones, no Netflix and no flicking the lights on and off over and over in an attempt to simulate a rave-like atmosphere while you listen to Sandstorm by Darude. Instead you have to sit around in the dark and contemplate the meaning of life. But really, who wants to do that? So just do this stuff instead:
Go for a Walk
Head outside and take a stroll. If you live near a forest, river, lake, mountain range or the ocean – inhale the beauty of the natural world and remember why we crazy humans need events like Earth Hour to remind us how lucky we are to call this planet home.
Pick up the Acoustic
Nothing like lighting some candles and strumming/singing away whilst imagining it’s the 90s again and we’re on MTV Unplugged.
Work it Out
Candlelight yoga, candlelight pilates, candlelight indoor soccer. On second thought, maybe no candles for that one. Instead – blackout indoor soccer. Or you could sit on the couch and eat chips and then tell everyone you worked out. Your choice.
Once our kids are a little older and are actually awake at 8:30pm we are totally going to do this one. You could either play a traditional game like a board game or a word game. Or, you could make up your own lights-out themed game. My sister, cousin and I used to play a game in the dark called String Game where we would meticulously wind string all the way around and across a room creating a massive spiderweb and then run through it in the dark like maniacs and destroy it in seconds.
Be a Joiner
Note that for EarthHour 2020 events are going digital – read more about it on the Earth Hour website.
Earth Hour Should Be Every Hour
Have you ever participated in Earth Hour? Do you plan on doing so this year? What do you like to do when the lights go out… other than sleep, of course. Actually, sleep should be added to the list of totally legitimate Earth Hour activities and I should have included it above. Comment below if you love me as much as you love our planet!
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Posted on March 25, 2017 (Last Updated on March 25, 2020)
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