Since the beginning in 2007, Earth Hour has been known for the "lights off"-campaign that engaged people all over the planet. The campaign was originally created both as a symbolic act to support the environment, as well as a way to promote and encourage communities and companies to make environmentally conscious decisions in their daily lives. Earth Hour was created to demonstrate how those millions of decisions can add up together to a major change.
In previous years, lights were even turned off in the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Sydney Opera House, the ancient Acropolis in Athens as well as Colosseum in Rome.
Since Earth Hours' inception in 2007, the campaign has evolved, and now also consists of alternative and easy (and fun!) suggestions of acts to support the planet. The theme for 2023's Earth Hour is "Invest in Our Planet", which the list of suggested and alternative ways to participate in the campaign clearly shows. Find the list here below.
20 alternative ways one can take part in Earth Hour:
Switch off your lights
Listen to a podcast
Have a night of board games or book readings in candle-light
Up your knowledge on climate change
Watch an educational video
Camp in your backyard or living room
Pick up litter in your local park
Clear out your wardrobe and donate unwanted clothes to charity
Replace non-eco friendly items in your home with sustainable alternatives
Practice some night-photography
Install energy efficient light bulbs around your house
Go for a walk outdoors
Use Google Lens to learn about plants and animals in your neighbourhood
Try out stargazing
Birdwatch from your window
Sort out your recycling
Join an Earth Hour event near you
Switch of the lights and grab a book...
Earth Hour 2023 takes place Saturday the 25th of March between 8:30 and 9:30 pm local time. Read more at: https://www.earthhour.org/