Earth Hour 2011 Activities

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. In 2008, more than 50 million people across 35 countries/territories participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

In 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour and then in 2010 a record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.

On Saturday, March 26th, 2011 at 8:30pm, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour and people will commit to actions that go beyond the hour.

Here are 8 ways to partake in this hour of darkness in support of the planet…and have fun.

1. Walk through your neighbourhood and count how many houses have their lights out.

2. Bundle up in bed and read books by flashlight.

3. Play board games by candlelight.

4. Have a night-time, candlelit picnic on your living room floor.

5. Roast marshmallows on the bbq and make s’mores.

6. Have an aromatherapy bubble bath by candlelight.

7. Have a candlelit porch party with neighbours.

8. Go to bed early!

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