Let's connect to Earth!
On Saturday 24th March, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm it’s time again for the “Earth Hour”.
What is the Earth Hour?
This is an event that happens once a year to raise awareness of climate change and other environmental issues.
It started in 2007 in Sydney when Australians were asked to turn off their lights for an hour to show their commitment to the future of our planet Earth. The event has grown drammaticaly over the years and now, more than 7.000 cities in 187 countries participate in the Earth Hour.
Does the Earth Hour really make a difference?
Yes, it does!
The event definitely has had a big impact on people’s interest in environmental issues.
Government and big company’s buildings, famous landmarks and individual homes all turn off their non-essential lights, saving an enormous amount of energy around the world. This is great, of course, but it’s not the most important effect of the Earth Hour. Saving electric energy on this day comes more as a symbol, showing people’s growing awareness of their ecological footprint and it sparks a dialogue and discussions on climate change and how to leave a better planet for our future generations.
How to join the Earth Hour movement?
If you want to show your desire to save our planet by taking part of the Earth Hour, you don’t need to turn off your lights and go straight to bed at 8:30 pm nor sit depressingly in a corner waiting for the hour to end so that you can go back to normal life again. Here are some cool ideas on how to spend this dark hour in style:
Whether a romantic tête-à-tête dinner or with a big group of friends, a candlelight dinner has always a great atmosphere. To stay in the movement’s mood, try cooking with only local-produced ingredients, so as to produce the least carbon footprint possible.
Dinner in the dark
For a more fun dinner, you can prepare a several-course-dinner to be enjoyed in the dark. Blindfold your guests and have them describe the food they’re eating. The one who guesses right the more dishes gets a prize, maybe a nice bottle of champagne that he or she will, most probably, be forced to share with everyone at the end of the meal!
Be a tourist in your own city
Hundreds of the world’s most iconic landmarks, from the Empire State Building to the Eiffel Tower, the Tokyo Tower and the Sydney Opera House participate in Earth Hour. This year, during the event, why not divide your friends into teams and go for a walk around your city trying to discover which landmarks and buildings have turned off their lights. The team that finds the most buildings by the end of the hour wins a prize, maybe a nice bottle of champagne that he or she will, most probably, be forced to share with everyone at the end of the lights-off-hunt!
Picnic in the park
Spring has already started so why not enjoy a nice candlelit picnic in the park with your family and friends? Ask your friends to bring only organic food and of course, organic wine. Encourage them to take the left-overs home to recycle them into new dishes.
You can go for a hike during the Earth Hour. Climb up to a higher place, choose a comfortable spot to sit and take advantage of the fact that many buildings and houses will have turned their lights off, to stargaze. You will be surprised by the number of stars that you don’t normally see because of the city’s light.
Changes beyond the hour
You can make really small changes in your daily routine to keep helping our planet beyond the Earth Hour.
Buy locally produced food. Eat organic when possible. Leave your car at home and walk or take the public transportation once a week. Take the stairs. Take shorter hot showers ( your skin and hair will thank you too!), turn the lights off every time you leave a room, don’t buy unnecessary things just for the sake of buying.
So how about you, do you have any nice suggestions to help preserve our planet? Let us know!
Photo via Time Magazine