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Earth Hour 2022

By Danel Wentzel, 26th March 2022

Today, millions of committed individuals and households worldwide will band together in celebrating Earth Hour!

Switching off the lights for Earth Hour means showing your commitment to the planet. Turning off the lights also means turning up the fun in new and exciting ways. Consider the lights-out hour as an opportunity to enjoy quality time with family and friends and celebrate your role in this global movement.

Celebrate Earth Hour this Saturday 26 March, by switching off your lights for an hour at 8:30 pm. Photo © Dima Zel | Shutterstock

If you’re not sure how you’ll spend your Saturday evening on the 26th of March, look no further! After switching off your lights, here’s how you can spend the Hour with your friends, family, and community – whether at home, outside, online, or in-person – to make it an impactful evening to remember.

 

Here are five fun activities you can do at home:

Spend time connecting with nature. 

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Have you considered stargazing? We understand that it might be unrealistic to take a hike or go for a swim at the beach at 8.30 pm, but there are other things you can do to spend time in nature. Venture outside, find an open spot near your home and see how many constellations you can spot in the night sky. If you are lucky, you might even be able to glimpse at a shooting star.

 

Create your masterpiece. Make art in the dark.

Unleash your inner artist and use Earth Hour to try your hand at creating in the dark. From painting your friend’s face as their favourite animal to drawing images of the wildlife and nature you love. You can even try painting with glow in the dark paint.

Another great thing to try is “light painting” – we recommend a tripod and a slow shutter speed! Check out how to do this here.

 

Host a dinner party for family and friends. 

Invite over those close to you for a candle-lit dinner and cook up some planet-friendly dishes. Be inspired to cook a sustainable meal with these recipes from the WWF and encourage everyone to take home leftovers to reduce food waste. Remember to try and get all cooking done before 8:30 pm.

 

Spend time with loved ones. 

Stay in and spend quality time with those who matter most to you. Play board games, watch a movie, listen to music, sing karaoke, or dance the night away. You can even read together in the candlelight if you have young kids.

Stay in and spend quality time with those who matter most to you.

Here is a list of our current favourite things to watch (which is free to stream at home):

 

Make a resolution. Commit to reducing your carbon footprint. 

March 26th is as good a day as any to make a resolution to reduce your carbon footprint. Every little bit helps, do what you can to help conserve the environment. Turn off the lights when leaving the room for 15 minutes or more, or switch to e-billing to save paper.

 

We encourage you to join our team this Earth Hour, the 26 March, from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm (local time) and celebrate by turning your lights off for an hour!

We need to realise that what we do to our planet, we do to ourselves. We are not just living through history. We are shaping it!