Millions of people around the world will be turning off their lights at 8:30 pm.
Earth Hour is a global movement meant to bring attention and urgency to protecting the planet from global warming, climate change, habitat destruction, and other environmental changes threatening our planet’s livelihood. The event began in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and has since spread to over 180 countries and millions of households.
The most common way to participate in Earth Hour is to switch off all non-essential lights in your home for one hour on March 27 at 8:30 pm in your local time. The Earth hour team has suggested over 20 different activities you can partake in during that hour, including board games by candlelight, dinner in the dark, camping in your living room, and yoga. Most of these activities are family-friendly, so it’s a great opportunity to teach young (or not-so-young) people about the importance of caring for the planet.
The Earth Hour website declares that its mission is to “increase awareness and spark global conversations on protecting nature not only to combat the climate crisis, but to ensure our own health, happiness, prosperity and even survival.”
There is also an enormous online directory of events happening around the world in the days leading up to Earth Hour. Tune in to a Zoom storytelling event from the United Arab Emirates, a musical live stream from the Philippines, and much more.