Switch off at home: save lives, save the planet

Taking part in Earth Hour from home in 2021

For one hour on Saturday, 27 March 2021, millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories around the world will engage in one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment, by turning off their lights for Earth Hour.

What is Earth Hour?

Started by WWF and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people.

Over the years, the lights-off moment saw entire streets, buildings, landmarks, and city skylines go dark – an unmissable sight that drew public attention to nature loss and the climate crisis.

Earth Hour takes place every year on the last Saturday in March, encouraging people around the world to switch off their lights, in a symbolic act of support of our planet to call attention to climate change.

More than a decade later, the movement now also puts the spotlight on another urgent threat: the rapid loss of biodiversity and nature.

What’s new for Earth Hour 2021?

In 2021, whilst the coronavirus pandemic means many countries are still in lockdowns or have restrictions in place, Earth Hour is asking people not only to switch off their lights, but also to raise awareness by sharing a video that will be posted on the Earth Hour social media pages on 27 March.

The team at Earth Hour is asking everyone to share the video to their social media Stories or wall, send it via DM or tag a friend in the comments, to put the spotlight on our planet and make the video the most watched in the world that day.

Who can take part in Earth Hour?

Absolutely anyone, anywhere can take part and amplify Earth Hour’s mission to unite people to protect our planet.

How to take part in Earth Hour from home

Although restrictions have eased in some parts of the world (hello, NSW!), many are still in lockdowns or have social distancing restrictions in place. The good news is that Earth Hour is the easiest movement to take part in at home.

Simply stay home and switch off your lights for an hour on Saturday, 27 March 2021 at 8:30 pm, your local time.

Why not take it a step further and make an event out of it with your friends or family in your household, or virtually? Here are some ideas:

  • Enjoy a peaceful and atmospheric experience by lighting some candles
  • Cook up a new, delicious recipe that’s better for you and the planet and enjoy dinner by candlelight
  • Dust off the trivial pursuit, scrabble or monopoly and have a household games tournament by candlelight
  • Camp out in your living room
  • Try a yoga session at home (by candlelight, of course!)
  • Spend an hour meditating in stillness and darkness
  • Spend an hour with phones off, TV off, lights off and have some quality time talking to your loved ones in your household
  • Make up your own Mastermind questions and test each other
  • Pick up the phone and call your parents/grandparents/best friend/aunty/uncle/neighbour/friend
  • Use the hour to teach your little ones about how to care for our planet – here are some easy ideas to get you started
  • Sign Earth Hour’s Voice for the Planet petition to call on world leaders to take urgent action to protect and restore nature.

Earth Hour has loads more great ideas here.

You can even tune in to Earth Hour online.

The clever lot at Earth Hour have even pulled together a directory of online events around the world on the night of Earth Hour!

How will you be spending Earth Hour this year?

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Charli Ferrand

Charli wrote her first novel at the tender age of 9, then dabbled in the idea of becoming a professional ballerina for a few years, before returning to her love of writing, acquiring a BA (Hons) in Journalism, Film & Broadcast from Cardiff University in the UK. A three-month holiday in Australia turned into a 11 year residency, during which Charli cemented her career in PR & Marketing Communications working with some of the biggest brands in the world. She also gained her citizenship, discovered her passion for sustainability and eventually ended up coming full circle, combining her professional skills with her love of the planet and oceans into her role as Editor-in-Chief of Earth Collective. A trained journalist, experienced communications professional and qualified Mental Health First Aider, Charli has her finger on the pulse of the latest political and environmental developments around the world. You can find her writing about current affairs, political activism and mental health.

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