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Earth Hour
JOIN US ON SATURDAY MARCH 26, 2022, 8:30 PM EARTH HOUR

Our connection to Earth and nature is undeniable: our planet's gain is everyone’s gain.


Healthy nature makes our life better by providing us good food, clean air, and fresh water - but it is all under the threat of climate change. Our #Connect2Earth campaign aims to raise awareness on the important role of nature in our lives and the benefits nature provides, from good food, clean air, fresh water, to so much more.


This Earth Hour, join millions around the world to turn off the lights and speak up why nature matters.

© Judy Kosgei-Ekwam
The Well-Being and Health of Our Supporters and Staff is Our Top Priority - Covid-19

Kenya is facing a health crisis with the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Given the unprecedented circumstances, WWF-Kenya is advising that Earth Hour is marked digitally this year.

 

There are many ways to encourage participation online or at home so your communities can show support for nature on and around the hour. If you are planning an Earth Hour event online, here are some great ideas:

 

Switch off for an hour at home. 
 

Join us virtually: TwitterFacebook & Instagram.

Make your voice heard: Your voice is loud, our voices even louder!- Ni Sisi Sote.

 

Wherever you are, you can help make this year's Earth Hour bigger than ever by speaking up for nature and people showing your support online by adding your Voice for the Planet. Please ask your family and friends to do the same.
 

Earth Hour has always been a people-led movement. The well-being and health of our supporters and staff is our top priority. We stand in solidarity. Be safe. 

7 ways you can spend your Earth Hour evening

Posted by Earth Hour

If you're not sure how you'll spend your Saturday evening on the 26th of March, look no further! After switching off your lights, here's how you can spend the Hour with your friends, family, and community - whether at home, outside, online, or in-person - to make it an impactful evening to remember.


1. Reconnect with nature. 
 A group of men and women gathering on a clifftop on Vancouver Island against silhouetted trees and a twilight sky looking toward the sky and forested scenery, Earth Hour 2010, Canada.

© Jeremiah Armstrong / WWF-Canada 


Nature doesn’t only provide us with clean air, water, and food - nature is essential for our health and happiness! So spend the Hour outside with friends and family (we guarantee a great night’s sleep afterwards!). Here are a few things you can do:

Explore your nearby parks, beaches, or other natural spaces.
Go “forest bathing” - no, you don’t have to bring soap or a towel!
Go on a night hike
Have young ones? Go camping or stargazing!


To ensure your safety when outdoors at night, bring a flashlight, phone, and let others know where you are going beforehand.

2. Cook up a meal with your family or friends.

Earth Hour 2009. People celebrating the Earth Hour at a candlelight dinner in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

© Jeremiah Armstrong / WWF-Canada 

 

Candle-lit dinners aren’t just for Valentine's Day! Dine in the dark this Earth Hour and cook up some planet-friendly dishes. 

Be inspired by some sustainable recipes here or here. You can also check out our list of 50 foods for a healthier planet and a healthier you!
Challenge yourself to cook up a meal where nothing gets wasted or get creative with leftovers - here are a few ideas. 
Make it a time challenge and see who can create the best dish within 60 minutes. 
Have young ones? They can help choose the ingredients or get involved in making dinner!

 

Please ensure you are following local COVID-19 guidelines if you are meeting friends or family outside your home. 

 

 

3. Spend time with your loved ones.

Earth Hour 2020 supporters in Portugal taking part virtually

© WWF-Portugal 

 

Stay in and use the Hour to spend some quality time with those who matter most to you - a fantastic opportunity to create special memories and be close to the people you’re trying to shape a brighter future for. You can: 

Watch a movie together! Bonus points for movies set in nature or nature documentaries like Our Planet (which is completely free to watch on Youtube!). 
Call a friend or family member you haven’t met in-person for a while. See how they're doing and invite them to spend the Hour with you virtually. 
Play board games, cook, listen to music, sing karaoke or dance the night away together.
Got young ones? Read a book together in the candlelight!

4. Up your knowledge.

Earth Hour 2019 participants in Hong Kong reading a brochure

© WWF-Hong Kong

 

Awareness is the first step before action. Use the Hour to learn more about our incredible planet, the challenges we face, and what we need to do to turn things around.

Discover how to be sustainable in your day-to-day life - we’ve put together 10 simple but impactful tips here
Learn about nature loss and climate change - here’s a good place to start. 
Watch nature documentaries! Don’t have Netflix? No problem - Award-winning documentaries like Our Planet are completely free to watch on YouTube! And did we mention it's narrated by David Attenborough? 
Tune in to a podcast! For example, our friends at WWF have a great series called Forces of Nature.
Have young ones? Help them do fascinating science experiments about the natural world. Check out a few examples here and here.

5. Connect with (and give back to) your community.

Earth Hour 2021 nature clean-up efforts in Uganda
© WWF-Uganda 

The challenges facing our planet can only be solved if we work together, empower each other, and create a feeling of unity.

Attend a local Earth Hour event! We have a variety of virtual and on-the-ground events lined up all over the world - from live events hosted by local influencers and artists to guided meditation sessions - so you can spend the Hour with people in your city, country, and from across the globe! Check out our full list of events here.

Get ready to volunteer! Find out about organizations and initiatives in your area that need the most help. For example, volunteer for park, beach, or nature-clean ups, tree-planting initiatives, the upkeep of community gardens, or for local recycling projects! You're bound to meet some amazing people while doing something worthwhile. 

Be inspired and inspire others - Read the stories of supporters like you from around the globe who are shaping a brighter future for people and the planet. Have your own story to tell? Add it to the page!

6. Get active.

GoodGym runners arriving at Spitalfields City Farm to volunteer for Earth Hour 2019, London.

© Lauren Simmonds / WWF-UK 

 

It’s hard to take care of our planet (and others) when we’re not taking care of ourselves! So get moving and get sweating this Earth Hour! Your body and our planet will thank you for it.

Go on a night cycle or night run!
Put on your favourite playlist and dance in the dark.
Do some candle-lit yoga or listen to a guided meditation track as you do a few stretches!
Go to your nearest park, beach, nature trail, or outdoor space and pick up any trash you find (we recommend bringing gloves, tongs, and a biodegradable rubbish bag)! You may have to get your hands dirty but you’ll leave with a clean conscience. 
Got young ones? Make it a fun competition - whoever picks up the most trash wins a special prize!


 

7. Discover your artistic side.

The words 'Earth Hour' written using a photography technique called light-painting © Dafydd Owen WWF-UK
© Dafydd Owen WWF-UK

 

If you don’t feel like working your body, work your creative mind on the night! 

Do some night photography or challenge yourself with “light painting” - we recommend a tripod and a slow shutter speed! Check out how to do this here.
Upcycle something around the home or in your wardrobe.
Have young ones? Try painting with glow-in-the-dark non-toxic neon paint.

 

Be sure to share your Earth Hour experience with us using the hashtag #EarthHour! Also tag us @EarthHourOfficial on Instagram, @EarthHour on Facebook and @EarthHour on Twitter so we can easily share your posts and stories!

 
 

👉 Want to go further and make an impact beyond the Hour? Here's what you can do.