Today marks the 11th year since Australia held the first Earth Hour. Not familiar with what Earth Hour is? It’s a global movement where every person is encouraged to turn off all their lights for one hour. It’s an opportunity to take an hour and reflect on how we can improve the world we live in.
While it is so important to remember WHY so many countries around the world observe Earth Hour, it’s also a great chance to connect with your friends and yourself in a unique way. So for that we bring you 11 things you can do to celebrate Earth Hour.
11 Ways to Celebrate Earth Hour
1. Have friends over for a board game night
Invite some friends over, grab some snacks, and light some candles! It’s a great opportunity to chat, play games, and have a fun night in.
2. Have a camping date and roast Sm’Oreos
Find a fire pit or a chimney and have a cuddle session beside a campfire. Take it up a notch and roast yourself some delicious Sm’Oreos for an extra sweet date!
3. Find an acoustic show at a local bar
Looking for an intimate experience with a bunch of people? Find a local bar that is having candle-lit acoustic shows and listen to some music. If you’re in the Toronto area, Mill Street Brewery does an hour of unplugged sessions to promote Earth Hour.
4. Have a candlelit bubble bath
Earth Hour doesn’t have to be celebrated with a group of people. Why not take this hour for a little self-care? Run a bubble bath, light some candles, pour your favourite drink of choice and relax!
5. Take a walk around your city
To reconnect with the world you can keep it simple and just go for a walk for an hour. Enjoy the quiet, and take in your surroundings without the interruption of lights and technology.
6. Have a finger-food date
Make a vegan charcuterie board or make some vegan sushi (you’ll have to cook the rice beforehand), and have a finger-food date night! Work together with your partner or your friends to make the food, or even make a competition to see who can make a prettier food plate. In the dark of course!
7. Go stargazing for an hour (or more!)
If you live in (or near) a big city, you may not realize how few stars you can actually see because of light pollution. Take this hour to go outside, and look up! If you’re feeling ambitious, take a drive towards the country and watch the world open up above you.
8. Try meditating or doing yoga
Reconnect with yourself and relax your body. Try doing an hour of yoga or meditation and take this as a chance to unwind.
9. Talk for an hour
It seems pretty basic, but how often do you ACTUALLY get the chance to sit down with your partner or close friend and just talk! Take the time to push your conversation to a deeper level than the typical “how was your day?” and see where it goes.
10. Curl up with a good book
Sometimes life gets very busy, and even the most avid reader will find it’s been longer than they think since they cracked open a good book. Take this hour to dive into a whole new world and spark that love of reading!
11. Make a plan to do more!
Earth Hour is meant to get us thinking about our impact on the environment again, but it certainly isn’t the solution. Why not take this hour to think about how you can make a more consistent positive impact on the planet? Not sure where to start? Why not take our pledge!
So there you have it, 11 things you can do this Earth Hour – or any hour you’re looking to disconnect from technology! Did you try any of these suggestions? We’d love to hear how it went!