We are getting excited about Earth Hour…
It started in 2007 as a lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change. It has now grown to engage and inspire over 162 countries and territories worldwide to switch off and show their support for the protection of our Earth. We want all of you to join in with Earth Hour!
What is Earth Hour?
At 8.30pm on Saturday the 28th March the world should go dark for WWF’s Earth Hour. In this hour, hundreds of millions of people switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about our planet. It’s not, as many people may think, an energy saving ploy (though a whole load of energy is saved, calculations pending)! It is about people from across the globe coming together to create a symbolic and spectacular lights out display and asking for change! More importantly it’s about thinking beyond the hour and what we can pledge to do differently.
Sign up at http://earthhour.wwf.org.uk/ to put yourself on the Earth Hour map. This morning there are already over 8000 people signed up in the UK.
Starting in Samoa, a Mexican wave of darkness will spread across the globe before ending in Tahiti. Even many of the world’s iconic landmarks switched off including the Sydney Opera House, The Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, Times Square and even the International Space Station! Although not as iconic, we will all be switching our lights off this year and would urge you to also.
Join us for a candlelit dinner?
If you are in London then please join us for a candlelit dinner that we’ll be hosting with Fairly Square during Earth Hour. Fairly Square is London’s first Fairtrade bar which we absolutely love. As we turn the lights out we will be exploring what it means to us to be together for Earth Hour and what we can pledge to differently. Conversation will be kicked off by Emma Keller from WWF and Onome, owner of Fairly Square.
You can register and find out more here. We are really looking forward to this and hope to see you there.
What you can do in the dark?
We’re so used to flicking the light on as soon as we get home, turning on the TV and (probably) several devices meaning there is light everywhere! So this year, for Earth Hour, we want you to turn everything off and here are some fun things you can do to make it interesting.
- Tell stories (ghost or other) to each other in the dark
- Host your own dinner (see Dwayne’s blog later today)
- Indulge in a candlelit bath (you could even share it with your favourite person
- Go stargazing
- Go for a nature walk and see what night-time nature you can spot
- Have silent disco in the dark or even break out the glow sticks, neon and bright clothes and have a mini-rave
- Read your favourite story to the little ones or listen to our special ‘Just So’ celebrity narrated stories (which you’ll can enjoy as a free download when you sign up to WWF’s Earth Hour)
- Taste session in the dark – try and guess what you’re eating
- Or as Durex would want – turn off to turn on… (See their video here)!
Spread the word
We are keen to help WWF make this the biggest Earth Hour yet and so as well as getting involved ourselves we want you all to help spread the word. Please use the #EarthHourUK hashtag and of course tweet us @6_heads to let us know what you are up to!
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