Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Earth Hour 2014: Seven Things to Do in the Dark

Switching off the lights for Earth Hour 2014 means showing your commitment to the planet—and switching on the fun at home.

We know even small actions at home can help the planet at large. So consider the lights-out hour Saturday, March 29 at 8:30 pm as an opportunity to enjoy quality time with family and friends.

Here are a few ideas for fun:
  • 1. Indoor Picnic
Candles create a delightful ambiance for any meal. Spread out a blanket on the living room floor and light a few wicks. Serve traditional picnic treats such as finger sandwiches and brownies. A new way to feast and be merry!
  • 2. Art in the Dark
Try your luck at sketching elephants, tigers, rhinos and sea turtles in the dark. Don’t worry if you’re not much of an artist; the reveal of the masterpieces will surely be a laugh for everyone when the lights come back on.
  • 3. Guess the Creature
Have you mastered the roar of a lion? Can you take a crack at aping a gorilla? Take turns emitting calls of the wild and guessing the animal. Bring it to the next level by making creature shadows on a wall with a flashlight and your hands.
  • 4. Take in the Sights
Is a famous landmark in your town or city going dark in honor of Earth Hour? Take an evening stroll around town to see which buildings switched off the lights to show support for the planet.
  • 5. Look at the Stars
Study up on the cosmos and then venture out to a dark, open spot near your home. See which constellations you can pick out in the night sky, and maybe even glimpse a shooting star!
  • 6. Snap Pictures
Take some candlelit photos in your house or moonlit snapshots of darkened landmarks outside. Post them later to social media using #earthhour.
  • 7. Make a Resolution
March 29 is as good a day as any to make a resolution to reduce your carbon footprint. Turn off the lights when leaving the room for 15 minutes or more, or switch to e-billing to save paper. Pick any one (or all) of these simple tips to help conserve the environment.