Things To Do During Earth Hour In Sydney 2021

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If you haven’t heard of Earth Hour, you’re going to want to acquaint yourself with the movement before 8.30pm on Saturday 27th March 2021.

As the largest global movement for the environment, the annual Earth Hour, launched by WWF in 2007, sees millions of people in over 180 countries ditch electricity and switch off their lights (yes, this includes devices like phones and iPads) as a symbolic gesture to show the need for stronger climate action. Seeing entire streets, buildings, landmarks and city skylines fade into complete darkness is an unmissable sight that has shed light on nature loss and the climate crisis.

So stock up on candles, register for Earth Hour and join the global movement!

Earth Hour 2021

This year Earth Hour will host its first-ever Virtual Spotlight to create the same striking visual display across the online worldIn addition to switching off your lights, you are invited to spread the message from the street to the screen and raise awareness online by sharing an Earth Hour video on the night. The video will be released across all their social media platforms and you can share it any way you like to help spread the word - share it to your Stories or to your wall, re-Tweet it, send it via DM or tag friends in the comments - with the simple goal of putting the spotlight on our fragile planet.

Earth Hour wants to make this release the most-watched video in the world on Saturday 27th March - and beyond! Make sure you share it!

Why Do We Need Earth Hour?

Climate change is the biggest threat to biodiversity, now and in the future, and the impacts of the climate emergency are being felt across our country more than ever before. It's becoming increasingly and more heartbreakingly evident that the unique wildlife and natural places we love face a perilous future unless we step up to protect the planet - our home - from the impacts of climate change.

When you turn your lights out this Earth Hour, here are some little things you can do to make the most of this once-a-year, meaningful experience with kids.

Things To Do At Home With Kids During Earth Hour

Play Board Games

Earth Hour Board Games
Come back down to earth and ditch the screens for some good old board games

You may be operating by candlelight, but why not make some new memories around the dining table during Earth Hour. Get out all the board games you have and play a few rounds of different games. It's a fun way of spending time together (unless anyone in the family is a sore loser - *cough* Dad *cough*) in a situation that you just don’t get around to doing too often, despite your best intentions!

Play Cards

Another activity that tends to happen when you’re camping, in a no-phone-signal zone and without the distraction of screens is a good, old-fashioned game of cards. When was the last time you sat down as a family at home to play a game of rummy or the like? Use the time to brush up on your skills and do some serious family bonding.


Because really, is stargazing on the back lawn or balcony something that you ever actually get around to doing? It’s also a great way to engage the kids in conversations around the meaning of Earth Hour and to encourage them to appreciate the beauty of the planet and to treat it kindly.

Watch the Harbour Lights go off

Watch the Sydney Harbour Bridge descend into darkness for Earth Hour

As a show of solidarity to the cause, some of Australia’s most iconic buildings will also switch their lights off, including Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Australian Museum. If you are lucky enough to live nearby, take a peek outside your window! If not, WWF will livestream the event so tune in. 

Have a Conversation 

Look, it’s radical we know, but if your kids are of the age where they don’t need heaps of entertainment, why not try and hone your familial conversational skills? Start with conversations around the planet, the environment and how to care for it - and see where it takes you! 

Have An At-home Picnic by Candlelight

If your kids are old enough to be trusted around naked flames, why not indulge in an at-home picnic this Earth Day? Think a picnic rug in the lounge, lots of candles and lots of your favourite snacky picnic foods! Hunker on down for your feast and then try one of the fun-filled activity from this list.

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