Earth Hour – the phenomenon that was started here in Australia and embraced by the world – is returning at 8.30pm on 19 March 2016.
In 2016, Earth Hour in Australia will celebrate the places we love that make our outdoor lifestyle and the Aussie way of life so great: our breathtaking places that uniquely distinguish Australia. These iconic places are under threat from rising temperatures and more extreme weather. Small changes to our climate as a result of increased carbon pollution are messing up the delicate balance of nature that we enjoy so much.
Why not take part and switch off 8:30pm, Saturday, March 19 to show your support for cutting carbon pollution and transitioning to a renewable energy future.
So where did it all begin?
In 2007, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Australia inspired 2 million individuals and 2000 businesses in Sydney to show their support for action on climate change in the first ever Earth Hour. Many Sydney icons also switched off for the hour including the Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House sails and the Luna Park face. This event showed everyone, from children to CEOs and politicians, that collectively we have the power to change the world we live in.
Earth Hour has become a global sustainability movement with more than 6,950 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories switched off their lights for Earth Hour. In Australia alone, over 7 million people participated in 150 towns and cities across the countryincluding many in Darwin.
How does Council Participate?
- City of Darwin will be switching off how about you?
- This year Council will turn off all non-essential lighting in all Council facilities.
- Staff will be encouraged to turn off computers and any other electrical or standby devices
- Through the City of Darwin website we will continue to promote and encourage the community reduce energy use and to actively participate in EARTH Hour.
When the lights go out ………………
Have a candlelit dinner or picnic – encourage a discussion on what we can do to better improve our environmental behaviour. Choose a dinner with local foods or organic foods and with minimum waste. Use all re-usable containers and napkins; make sure you recycle anything that can be.
Camp out under the stars for the night – Sit out under the stars and listen for different noises in nature and try to identify what it is. If you are not the outside doors type you can create a campsite in your lounge room and encourage children to do some camping type activities eg. Sing-a-long, tell a scary story etc.
Play games – games like hide and seek in the dark and Chinese whispers, Charades, it’s a great fun way for families to connect.
- Create a piece of artwork in the dark – give everyone a piece of recycled paper and place in the middle of the table some art supplies (pencils/felt tipped pens/crayons etc). Once the lights go out then start drawing – you never know you might just create a masterpiece.
- Star Gazing – grab some picnic rugs or blankets and lay out under the stars and try and spot some constellations, also you can look for some interesting shapes that maybe hidden throughout the night sky.
- Music jam session – get a group of friends together with some musical instruments and have a jam session, you may discover there’s a hidden talent in your group.
- Play with a pack of cards or board games by candle light – there was a time when games were played without plugging into power and are also a lot of fun. eg. Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Mastermind, Chess etc (lots of options here)
- Turn off electrical appliances – any appliance that is not being used and is on standby.
For more information go to the EARTH HOUR website