On Saturday 28 March at 8.30pm millions of people across the globe will be switching off their lights for one hour to send out a powerful message about climate change. Last year 162 countries took part in the global lights out display, with the symbolic act designed to get us thinking about our impact on the planet and how we can save energy. Here are some ways you can get involved in the event.
How you decide to spend Earth Hour is up to you. Go back to basics by playing a board game or pub quiz with family and friends, read a book by candlelight, do some yoga or even go stargazing if the sky is clear. You could also take a walk through your local town or city to see what’s been switched off.
Have a candlelit dinner
Why not let someone else do the cooking? A whole host of restaurants across the UK have joined the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) and will be turning out the lights to serve dinners by candlelight for Earth Hour. Participating restaurants include The Savoy and the OXO Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie. Find a restaurant near you and enter a competition to win £150 by visiting the SRA website.
If you’d prefer to dine in the comfort of your own home, the WWF has special eco recipes. Just remember to finish cooking and switch everything off by 8.30pm.
Get your business involved
Sign up for Earth Hour and join the millions of individuals, businesses and organisations that will be switching off for a brighter future. You can add yourself to the WWF’s interactive UK map and join the list of businesses publicly supporting Earth Hour. Promote your involvement in Earth Hour to your employees, flag it up on social media, your website or newsletters. The WWF website has downloadable posters, web banners, template press releases and more for you to use.
And it doesn’t have to be all about switching off. Bring Earth Hour into your business by organising an event, which could be anything from a sustainable lunch to a ‘Wear it Bright’ day. If you’re planning something exciting, tell the WWF about it by emailing [email protected] and you could be featured on the website.
Get involved at school
This year the WWF is asking schools to focus on all the positive reasons to do something about climate change and build activities around this message. The WWF has suggested creating special ‘for the love of…’ bunting for the federation to take towards to next big climate change summit. Sign up to participate.
Get involved in the bigger story
Earth Hour is a simple activity with a big message, so enjoy one hour in the dark to raise awareness about climate change. If you find that you enjoy an interlude without mod cons, make the hour a regular thing to save energy and look after the planet. Find out other ways you can reduce your carbon footprint all year round.
Sam Travers is an eco warrior of sorts. He works for a green charity and regularly blogs about the state of the energy sector as well as ways to make the world a better place.