Earth Hour began in 2007, by WWF and its partners, as a “lights out” initiative in Sydney, Australia to raise awareness of climate change. Since that time, it has become of the largest global environmental movements held every year on the last Saturday of March from 8:30pm-9:30pm by over 190 countries and territories. It celebrates its 15th year this Saturday March 26th at 8:30pm.
This year, Earth Hour hopes to “increase awareness and spark global conversations on protecting nature, tackling the climate crisis, and working together to shape a brighter future for us all.” The theme for Earth Hour 2022 is ‘Shape our Future’. Take the ideology of Earth Hour and apply it to your every day to help shape a brighter future for people and the planet.
To help make the “lights out” time easier, we’ve come up with 10 ideas for Earth Hour 2022 that you can do alone or with family and friends.
10 Ideas for Earth Hour 2022
1. Nature Themed Movie Night
You can review this list of 30 Earth Day Documentaries to Binge for ideas or you can stream your favourite earth-themed movie or documentary.
2. Plan a Candlelit Dinner or Dessert Hour
You can either plan to have all dishes ready to serve by 8:30pm or you can incorporate a little candlelight cooking into the fun. In either case, candlelight adds warmth to the ambience and makes everything a little more special. Here are some great gluten-free recipes to consider if that’s your preference.
3. Organize a Night Walk/Hike
Plan the route, bring snacks to enjoy on the scheduled rest stops, and tell all participants it’s BYOF (bring your own flashlight). If you pass coffee or ice cream shops, make them one of your rest stops. Support your local businesses!
4. Go Stargazing
Take advantage of the lights being out and enjoy the night sky. Make a big batch of hot cocoa, and tell all invitees to bring their own reusable mug (and telescope if they have it). A clear night sky with a beautiful moon is the best show around.
5. Have a (Safe) Campfire
You can make a batch of hot cocoa and have all the fixings for fireside S’mores. You can add a few alcoholic beverages for the adults in the crowd if desired. There is nothing like sitting around the fire with loved ones, and sharing stories or having a little sing-song. You can also play some classic songs about our environment.
6. Plan a Game Night
By game night, we are talking old school board game night. Haul out that collection you have scattered throughout your house and ask your guests to bring their favourites and play some games by candlelight. The shadows of candlelight might be preferred for the shy folk who may not like getting up and drawing or singing or playing charades. Games are just fun.
7. Educate Yourself
Spend the hour researching information on how you can incorporate more green habits into your everyday life. With Earth Day and Earth Month approaching, look for ideas on how you can honour Earth Month and ways you can celebrate Earth Day every day. You can also read about all the amazing work WWF does for people, places, and wildlife.
8. Organize a Yoga and/or Meditation Hour by Candlelight
Plan a gentle Ashtanga yoga session to stretch the body and improve circulation without putting stress on the body. Be sure to incorporate modifications for each pose to accommodate a variety of flexibility levels. Ask each attendee to bring their own yoga mat. You can split the hour with yoga and a guided meditation or you can make the whole hour a guided meditation. Cap the night off with some caffeine-free herbal tea and you can share your thoughts on the evening.
9. Organize a House Party by Candlelight
Invite a group of friends (fully vaccinated and boostered), put out a few bowls of chips, play some music that is going to make them all say “that’s my jam” and encourage everyone to dance. Whether they get up and dance or dance in their chairs. The candlelight shadows (along with a little alcohol) may loosen your guests up and get them dancing. Kick it up a notch with a little karaoke. Tell all invitees to BYOD (Bring Your Own Drink). You supply the music and nibbles.
10. Attend an In-Person or Virtual Event
Spend the hour tuning into the many events taking place around the globe or check out the events happening locally in your area. Just select your country from the drop-down menu and read the events taking place.
We are at a critical juncture right now. We can still change the trajectory of the planet but we need to act ASAP before it’s too late. Before we cross the line to an irreversibly altered future for nature, wildlife and people. We hope these ideas help and encourage you to participate in Earth Hour 2022 as an easy first step heading into April, Earth Month.
Will you be participating in Earth Hour? If so, what are your plans? Please share your ideas with us in the comments.
Don’t forget to “lights out” on March 26, 2022 at 8:30pm-9:30pm.
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