At 8:30 p.m. local time on the last Saturday of the month of March people around the world are asked to observe Earth Hour and celebrate their commitment to a healthier planet by turning off or unplugging all non essential lights, electrical equipment and appliances for one hour. That means no lamps, no TV. no computer, cellphones or hand held games that have to be charged. Observing Earth Hour doesn’t mean that you have to sit in the dark and do nothing for the entire time though. There are plenty of fun activities that you can do either alone or with a group of people when the lights are out. To help you observe Earth Hour in a way that’s both enjoyable and shows your commitment to environmental change here are ten things you can do while the lights are out.
Ten Fun Activities To Do While Observing Lights Out For Earth Hour
With the lights out its a perfect time to stargaze. Grab a blanket, a warm jacket and head away from the city lights for optimum viewing of the stars overhead. Can’t tell the Big Dipper from the Milky Way? No problem, download a free copy of the night sky showing the locations of the various constellations for the month of March at Skymaps. www.skymaps.com .
2. Play Flashlight Tag
Need to keep the kids occupied while the lights are out? Grab a battery powered flashlight and play flashlight tag. To play, it must search for the other players who are hiding using the flashlight. When they spot someone they must identify that person by name and send them off to jail while they find the remaining players. Play ends when all players have been found. To make playing flashlight tag a little safer give all players a flashlight to use while finding their hiding spot and have them turn off their flashlight once they’ve found it.
3. Tell Ghost Stories
During Earth Hour gather everyone close together and tell spooky stories. Use a flashlight to spotlight the storytellers face and make their tale more dramatic. After everyone in the group has told a spooky story award a prize for the story that was the spookiest.
4. Take A Moonlight Stroll
If you live in a safe neighborhood take an evening stroll to help pass the time during Earth Hour. Not only will you get some much needed exercise you can also see which of your neighbors are also observing Earth Hour.
5. Roast Marshmallows
Many, many years ago the only light source our ancestors had at night was the warm glow of a fire. This Earth Hour if you have an outdoor fire pit or even a fireplace gather around the fire and try roasting some marshmallows and maybe even some hot dogs while the lights are out.
6. Have A Late Candle Lit Dinner
For an elegant and romantic take on Earth Hour light some soy candles and enjoy a late dinner by candle light. Simply prepare your dinner ahead of time, set the table and put everything you’ll need for your dinner somewhere you can easily find it. At 8:30 p.m. light the candles, turn off all the lights and spend an enjoyable hour having a romantic dinner with someone special.
7. Listen to the Radio
Before television, computers and handheld games families use to gather around the radio and listen to music, sports and radio dramas. This year in observance of Earth Hour why not revive this old family favorite by gathering around the radio and listening to some music, a sporting event or Talk Radio.
8. Camp Out In Your Backyard
If you have kids and want to keep them occupied then why not let them have a backyard camp out as a way to observe Earth Hour? Simply set up their tent and everything they will need prior to Earth Hour. Live in an area where its too cold to camp out? Use sheets and blankets draped over furniture to make an indoor tent complete with sleeping bags and flashlights. Your kids will love it!
9. Have A Family Game Night
Earth Hour is a great way to gather the family together for Family Game Night. Play old favorites like Telephone, Hot Potato and 20 Questions that don’t require any light to play or set up a couple of soy based candles and play cards or a favorite board game.
10. Snuggle With Your Sweetie
Take advantage of the lights being out to snuggle up with your sweetie either in bed or on the couch. Spend the time talking about your relationship, your dreams and hopes and just idle chit chat. Or maybe you’ll just want to skip the talk and just spend the time smooching. Whichever you choose you’ll feel much closer once the lights come back on.
No matter how you choose to observe Earth Hour, just by turning your lights out for one hour you are showing your support for the Earth and hopefully making a commitment to real change. All of these Earth hour activities are a great way to conserve energy any day of the year. Why not make them part of your weekly routine? We could all benefit from a regular reminder that we can survive and actually enjoy time spent without the creature comforts we’ve come to expect.
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