Well it’s really not long until Earth Hour and we thought we’d get this post out early tonight so that should you wish to do so you can take part!
So what is it?
Earth Hour is a global event organised by WWF (the World Wildlife Fund, not the wrestlers) to raise awareness about the need to tackle climate change. The idea is that everyone, cities, businesses, and households switch off all of their non-essential lights for 1 hour, between 8:30 and 9:30 pm local time.
Earth Hour first started in Sydney in 2007 and since then has gone global. It is great to be able to take part in something that aims to make a difference and is truly global without leaving your living room! The Earth Hour website ask people to turn off their non-essential lights, but as we already turn all lights off in the rooms we are not in we will actually be turning all of our lights off, full stop. It is a good job that Lizzie doesn’t need a nightlight to sleep!
We actually had a little dress rehearsal for Earth Hour on Thursday, Ian was sat at home waiting for Becksie to get home happily watching TV and using the laptop when suddenly BAM – no lights, no TV, no internet – our little lane (or in fact half of our town as we later discovered) had been hit with a power-cut! Thankfully about an hour later, just as Ian was starting to sweat about all of the batch cooking Becksie had done and stored in the freezer the power pinged back on, phew!
No harm done, apart from the fact that the oven and microwave clocks have unset themselves, there is a strange trick to reset these clocks but neither of us can ever remember – GRRR!
Back to today, and in honour of Earth Hour we thought that we would share some ideas for things to do in the dark!
- Reset your microwave and oven clocks
- Light a candle and read a good book
- Have a candle lit bath
- Get a torch and make shadow puppets
- Listen to a great programme on the radio
- Listen to an old CD
- Tell stories
- Sing songs
- Tell jokes
- Call someone you have not spoken to for a long time
- Have a nice candlelit dinner
- Play games by candlelight or by the fire
- Toast marshmallows by the fire
- Close your eyes and just rest (perhaps the most appealing of all the options!!)
Let us know how you spend Earth Hour in the dark if you choose to do so, and tune in tomorrow to find out what we got up to!