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How to observe Earth Hour throughout the year

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Earth Hour is an hour each year where we are encouraged to turn off all lights and electricity and reflect on how we continue to impact the world's climate.


On Saturday 24th March, between 8.30 PM and 9.30 PM, the world observed Earth Hour. This is a time when we are all encouraged to take part in an environment saving hour, switching off lights and electronics. The aim of this is to make people realise just how many unnecessary lights and electronics we are using on an hourly basis. The cause is undeniably important to all of us and the organisation (which you can read more about here) hopes to make changes to ensure a longer, healthier future for our planet.

A few months ago we saw the return of Blue Planet. One particular episode showed a polar bear struggling for survival on the melting ice. A heartbreaking image, this scene really hit home to many, myself included, how significantly our actions have affected the climate.

Even though the changes to the UK may not be as obvious to the naked eye, they are undeniably there and are constantly being backed up by new and ongoing environmental research.

Earth hour, which started in Sydney, has successfully reached such a broad audience that major landmarks in the UK participated in the movement last year, including Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the London Eye. Last year we saw all those landmarks and many more going into darkness for an hour.

You may be thinking about how insignificant this seems to your one household, but there are also many fun ways to engage in this movement. While the day may have passed for this year, there is no reason you can't hold your own Earth Hour once a day, week or month. It will help out the environment, remind you of the impact you have on the world's climate and it might even make you more aware of things you do which are unnecessary, and which can be easily changed.

If you live in a family household you could use this hour to play a (candlelit) board game, eat dinner together or simply catch up. Often households struggle to find downtime to properly engage and catch up with one another’s days.

Taking it one step further, you could have a completely electronics-free hour. I bet you won’t notice how much you rely on your phone until you are away from it. One hour without lights or electronics isn’t going to kill anyone, and you may have more fun than you think.

If you are spending time with a partner, you could utilise this hour to have a romantic candlelit dinner, or even just a chat with no background distractions around. After all, how many of us find ourselves looking at the TV when it’s on in the background in the middle of a conversation?

So, why not whip out the candles and take part in the movement whenever you get a chance? It might end up being the most human interaction you’ve had all week.

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