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Earth Hour 2019

Turn off Your Lights on Saturday March 30th from 8:30-9:30pm!

  • Date: 03/30/2019 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Introduction: Earth Hour urges communities to switch off their lights for an hour each March in a symbolic show of concern for the environment. Host a “blackout block party”, a candlelit game night, dinner in the dark, or get outside and stargaze.

Earth Hour is an annual event sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund. The event urges communities to switch off their lights for an hour each March in a symbolic show of concern for the environment. The purpose of the event is to inspire people to mobilize to take action on climate change. Earth Hour 2016 will be held on Saturday, March 19th from 8:30pm-9:30pm. Here are a few ideas of how to spend your hour of darkness: 

1. Get Involved. The point of Earth Hour is awareness, so now is a good time to educate yourself and your community about how to save energy. Go on a hunt throughout your house and look for energy wasters, or get kids involved in starting seedlings for the garden. The EPA's website has more great ideas. 

2. Party by Candlelight. You can help spread Earth Hour awareness by inviting your friends, family, and neighbors to join you for Earth Hour activities. Encourage guests to bring acoustic instruments, board games, and their own candles. Throw some local veggies on the grill for the group.

  • Blackout Block Party. Organize a gathering with your neighbors to discuss neighborhood safety and preparations should neighbors indeed find themselves without power for a prolonged period of time.
  • Game Night. Dust off those board games or play charades by candlelight.
  • Dine in the Dark. Prepare a meal in advance and make sure the table is set before the lights go out. Settle down at the table and enjoy a candlelit dinner.

3. Camp Out. Let the kids in your life stay up past their bedtime and build a fort out of blankets and couch cushions in the living room. Get out the flashlights and tell ghost stories or read their favorite books. 

4. Go Outside.

  • Stargaze. Light pollution has a big effect on our ability to see the stars. Take advantage of Earth Hour and head outside for some good old-fashioned stargazing.
  • Take a Walk. Explore the neighborhood at night and see how many of your neighbors have become part of the Earth Hour movement this year.
  • Get Physical. Unplug and add another hour to your fitness routine this week.
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