What is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour is a global movement in support of our environment. Between 8:30 – 9:30 pm on the 24th of March landmarks and homes across the world will be turning out their lights to bring attention to the issue of climate change. Join the movement and show your support; sign up now.
Organised by WWF, Earth Hour started in Sydney in 2007. San Francisco was quick to follow suit, hosting their first Earth Hour in October 2007. Since then, the movement has continued to grow, with a record-breaking 187 countries taking part in 2017. 3,100 landmarks switched off their lights for the hour as did millions of homes and businesses, and #EarthHour spread the world across the internet.
What to do in the dark
If you are celebrating Earth Hour and looking for ideas of things to do in the dark, consider these few ideas:
- Throw a dinner party and play games by candlelight
- Go for a walk to see the stars
- Attend an organised Earth Hour event
- Use the darkness and candlelight to do some relaxation and yoga
- Use the time to pamper yourself; have a bath, give yourself a facial or even take a nap!
Beyond Earth Hour
Switching the lights off for an hour is a great way to join the movement and show support for our environment, but it isn’t enough. We need to do more to tackle climate change.
Money raised by Earth Hour has funded projects all over the world and in 2016, a quarter of a million trees were planted worldwide following Earth Hour. But, there is more we can do, for example:
- Save energy by turning off your lights and appliances when you are not using them
- Reduce your carbon footprint by walking or using more public transport
- Switch to energy saving lightbulbs
- Cut down on the amount of waste you produce, particularly plastic
- Shop locally and buy only what you need to cut down on food waste
- Visit our AnimalKind pages for more Animal and environment friendly ideas