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Make A Promise
The whole aim of Earth Hour is for everyone to make a promise to the planet to make a small change to benefit the earth and its inhabitants. At the time of writing this, promises are up to an amazing 33,341 and still rising. For each Earth Hour promise made through WWF, Ariel are donating £1 (up to £50,000). Whether or not you see this as a greenwashing attempt by their parent company P&G, the money will still be hugely beneficial. As consumers we don’t have to buy any of their products for WWF to receive the donation.
So what sort of promise can you make? It can be something as simple as using a reusable coffee cup when you’re out and about (I can recommend this one* that I have), or even buying an electric vehicle. There are a few promises to choose from and you can of course write your own. My own promise was to switch to green energy this year which is something we’ve been meaning to do for a while.
During Earth Hour, millions of people taking part switch off their lights. Even Buckingham Palace has taken part! Last year around nine million people took part just in the UK alone, which is amazing. Just think of all that energy saved.
Although switching your lights out is a symbolic gesture, it’s a good way to get people thinking and talking about climate change.
Climate change is a huge threat to our planet and all species living here. According to the WWF-UK Living Planet Report, over the last 25 to 30 years over 50% of populations of land species have declined and 80% of freshwater species have declined. It’s almost unthinkable that one in six of the planet’s species are at risk of extinction as a direct result of climate change.
Ways to Celebrate Earth Hour
So, you’ve turned out the lights, what now? Here are a few things you could do:
- Have a relaxing bath with plenty of candles and a good book
- Light a bonfire and sit outside
- Set up a treasure hunt for glow sticks*
- Look up at the sky and see what constellations you can spot
- Have a movie night, complete with popcorn
- Get the kids to explore your garden or neighbourhood with torches
- Play some board games by candlelight, Monopoly* would definitely last the hour!
- Go camping in your garden.
- Put on a shadow puppet* show
- Get an early night!
My daughters are fast asleep by 8:30 so I think before bedtime we’ll do some stargazing and during Earth Hour I’ll be having a candlelit bath! Happy Earth Hour everyone!