Switch off at home: save lives, save the planet

How to take part in Earth Hour when you're staying home to save lives

At 8:30PM on Saturday 28 March 2020, millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories will engage in one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment, by turning off their lights for 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.

But in 2020, Earth Hour is being held in an extraordinary time, as the world experiences a major health crisis, due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you are being a responsible citizen and staying home to save lives (thank you!), but still want to get involved in Earth Hour (thank you again!), the organisation’s global team has some awesome ideas for experiencing Earth Hour digitally this year.

What is Earth Hour?

From humble beginnings in 2007, 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 also puts the spotlight on another urgent threat: the rapid loss of biodiversity and nature.

Earth Hour 2020

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 when you’re self-isolating or staying home to save lives.

This is the easiest movement to take part in at home.

Simply stay home and switch off your lights for an hour on Saturday, 28 March 2020 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?

Here are some ideas:

  • Enjoy an atmospheric experience by lighting some candles
  • Try a new, delicious recipe that’s better for you and the planet
  • 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
  • Spend an hour meditating
  • 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

Earth Hour has loads more great ideas here.

You can even tune in to Earth Hour online.

The clever lot at Earth Hour have pulled together a directory of online events around the world on the night of Earth Hour! Some top picks include:

  • In Australia: Join Australia unplugged and online with a great lineup of music acts, comedians, experts and more, from the comfort of your own homes. Live from 8:30pm AEDT at https://www.earthhour.org.au/. Read more and register here.
  • Everywhere: Watch exclusive content from Emmy-award winning Netflix documentary, Our Planet on the official Earth Hour YouTube channel. Hear from Sir David Attenborough as he explains the steps we need to take to restore nature and save our planet – the one home we all share.
  • In the United States: Earth Hour will be running a mindfulness yoga session on the night, live on Instagram!

For more ideas, check out the Earth Hour website here.

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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