This Saturday from 8:30-9:30 pm millions of homes across the globe will be going dark for Earth Hour. By turning off your lights, and unplugging your appliances and electronics for this hour, you are showing your concern for the future of the environment.
Earth Hour has been a 9 year event that has grown into a global movement. According to the official website, the vision for Earth Hour is … the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world. Born out of a hope that we could mobilize people to take action on climate change, Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment.
Make this a time to teach your children about the importance of saving energy and being more environmentally conscious. To learn more, your children can play games on the Earth Hour website to teach them how to make a positive impact on the planet. Not only can you teach them environmental responsibility but you can also have some great fun while doing it. Give the kids some flashlights, light some candles and enjoy being unplugged together.
Have a Campout – Although it’s still a wee bit chilly to be camping outside, who says you can’t do it right in your house. Set up a tent in your basement, throw in some pillows and sleeping bags and have some pre-made smores to munch on.
Have a Dance Party – Fire up that battery powered radio or charged iPod and have some fun dancing in the dark.
Tell Jokes – Have everyone share some of their favourite jokes or grab a joke book from your library. With little kids in the house I know that this could definitely go on for longer than an hour.
Make Shadow Puppets – See who can come up with the best shadow puppet.
Play Games – Make it a family game night by playing one of your family’s favourite boards games, cards or hide and seek in the dark sounds like fun!
Have a Picnic – Prepare the food ahead of time and lay out a blanket with candles around the room for a picnic. Cheeses, crackers, meats, dips, and some sweets sounds good to me!
Go for a Walk – Why not get out for some exercise and fresh air while you check up on your neighbours to see how many people are participating in Earth Hour.
Eat Junk Food – If you can’t really see what you’re eating then it doesn’t count right?! Have everyone’s favourite junk food or make your own sundaes and eat them by candlelight
Invite Friends Over – The more the merrier right? Have your guests bring their favourite food/wine pairing and have some snacks for the kiddies and enjoy some time with friends.