On Saturday, 28th March, Earth Hour is back for 2020, and this annual event, which started as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, is now one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment, engaging millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories across the globe. A catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people, it has seen participant numbers spike dramatically in recent years as climate change becomes a hotter topic of conversation globally. And, with the majority of people now spending unprecedented amounts of time in their own homes due to the current global health crisis, there are lots of things you can do to take part this year without the need to go outside.
So, for just one hour out of your day, from 8.30pm, why not switch off at home? Here are some fun ways you can get the whole family involved and do your bit for our planet – and of course, our Ocean. And you can even do some of them online.
1. Switch off your lights
The bread and butter of the Earth Hour movement, switching your lights off for an hour is the easiest way to participate this year. Simply switch off all non-essential lights, gather some candles, and – if you’ve got little ones to entertain – play some family games together in the dark. Hide and seek, anyone?
2. Dinner in the dark
If you’re spending the evening in as a couple, then why not cook up a healthy and delicious dinner to enjoy together by candlelight? Up for a challenge? Try a zero-waste cookout or put on a blindfold and try to guess what’s been served up on your plate!
3. Have a night of board games or story-telling by candle-light
Get the Monopoly out, have a fun-packed game of Heads Up, or choose the kids’ favourite book, and read it to them. Spooky stories work well! For added atmosphere, why not create a fortress using sheets and pillows, and hold your story time inside?
4. Movie night
Get the popcorn ready and enjoy choose your favourite film from Netflix. From Disney classics to spooky horror films, the choices are endless. Or, if films aren’t your thing, then pop on a nature documentary instead.
5. Challenge your artistic side with a candle-lit paint night
Feeling extra creative? Why not try using glow-in-the dark neon paint to create a space-themed masterpiece? You could even challenge the family to pain each other entirely in the dark – with a prize for the best one.
6. Hold a silent disco
Get some headphones on, turn up the tunes and dance the night awat to your favourite music! Take it up a notch by battling it out with your family and friends in a silent disco and claim dance floor supremacy.
7. Shadow puppet play
If you’ve got little ones to entertain, then Earth Hour provides the perfect opportunity to put on a shadow puppet play. Help them to cut out and create characters before lights out, then set up a mini ‘stage’ using a table cloth and torches, and watch them come to life.
Be sure to share your Earth Hour experience using the hashtags #EarthHour and #ThinkOcean! We’d love to know what you’re doing to help our Ocean – and the wider planet – tonight.