Earth Hour was started by the World Wildlife Fund with a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney, Australia. Countries around the world take part in putting the spotlight on nature and bring attention to climate change by participating in turning off lights in support of Earth Hour. Over the years, major landmarks in participating countries switch off their lights as an act of solidarity, some of the iconic landmarks include the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and the Sydney Opera House.
Anyone can join in and take part in Earth Hour from the comfort of their own home by simply switching off unnecessary lights from 8:30pm-9:30pm during Earth Hour on Saturday, 28th March. You can go beyond turning your lights out by committing to practice conserving energy on a daily basis to help reduce your carbon footprint. Easy ways to conserve energy at home include switching off lights that are not in use, avoid phantom electricity by unplugging your devices that are fully charged or not in use (computer, tablets, iPods, phones etc), take advantage of the sunshine by letting your clothes dry on a clothing line rather than in a dryer, and get into the habit at night to turn your A/C a few degrees warmer while you sleep. Other easy ways to help reduce your carbon footprint include supporting local, buy from your local farmer’s market, and start your own vegetable garden.
Join in and celebrate Earth Hour from Home
- Turn off unnecessary lights during Earth Hour from 8:30pm-9:30pm on Saturday 28th March
- Bring out the board games and/or cards and enjoy a family games night by candlelight
- Unplug and enjoy a good book by candlelight
- Reflect, journal or write a list of things you are grateful for
- Reconnect with nature, watch the sunset from your garden and spend a little time star gazing and marveling at the beauty of nature.
PS- In this unprecedented time, be sure to stay home, practice safe social distancing and follow the rules/guidelines of lockdown and/or curfew. Be safe and stay healthy.