Earth Hour

OK, this isn’t a design- based post, but I believe that it is an important issue.

Earth Hour is approaching fast.

It is an annual international event designed to raise awareness about climate change.

It sends a message to governments around the world that we are concerned about climate change & the planet’s future.

It was created here in Australia in 2007, and is held on the last Saturday of March. This year it will be held on Saturday 28th of March form 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm.

To participate, households and businesses simply turn off their lights and non essential electrical appliances for one hour.

It doesn’t have to be a chore- you can make it a fun time. Kids really get into the spirit of Earth hour.

Here is a starting list of some activities that you can do without electricity- feel free to submit some more ideas.


With Friends or Partners

Host a dinner party by candle light- make sure that everything is cooked well in advance & enjoy the evening with friends.

Glow in the Dark party-Find some glow-in-the-dark accessories for guests to wear.

Serve green cocktails with glow-in-the-dark ice cube.

Use some sparklers for writing in the air

Serve finger foods that don’t need to be cooked.

Spark up some romance. Have a picnic in the living room with candles, or have a romantic candlelight dinner

Spend some quality special time with your partner.


Go camping for the weekend

If you can’t manage to get away for the weekend, turn your living room into a camping spot- If you have kids, bring out the torches, toast marshmallows in the fireplace (if you have one), or over some candles and tell ghost stories.

Take a walk- check out who is doing Earth Hour.

Go stargazing, with or without a telescope.

Tell ghost stories around a candle or fire

By yourself

Take some “me” time.

Relax. Take a nap.

Pamper yourself with a warm bath by candlelight

Put on a face mask

Give yourself a pedicure

Ring a friend you haven’t seen for a while and catch-up

Write a letter


Make something with your hands

Knit or crotchet

Do a painting

Doodle in the dark.


Play the guitar, piano or bongos- whatever you have

Get some musician friends together and have an acoustic jam session.


Play hide and seek

Use flashlights and glow sticks to play hide and go seek.

Go critter hunting with torches.

Play a game of Twister.

Play a board game

Play a game of cards

Go to the park and play glow-in-the-dark Frisbee.

Play spotlight

Play glow in the dark cricket

Play charades

Play murder in the dark

Make a puppet shadow show on the wall with torch and your hands.

See what activities are available around your local area and join in.

You can register your support here. What do you think you might like to do for Earth Hour?


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