Things To Do During Earth Hour In Sydney
If you haven’t heard of Earth Hour, you’re going to want to acquaint yourself with the movement before 8.30pm on Saturday 28th March 2020.
As the largest global movement for the sake of 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. So stock up on candles and join the global movement!
For the first time ever, Earth Hour is going digital. WWF will livestream the event using the hashtag #EarthHourLive, with live crosses to “lights out” events happening around the country including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park.
#EarthHourLive will be kicking off and hosted by award winning journalist, TV presenter and broadcaster extraordinaire Patrick Abboud. He’ll also be joined by a talented lineup of Aussie artists, comedians and special guests including Jack River, Polish Club, Bobby Alu, Ella Arber, Dulcie, Alice Skye and Cody Simpson- with more names to be announced soon!
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. This summer alone over 12 million hectares of Australian land burnt and over 1.25 billion native animals perished in the catastrophic bushfires.
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.
Play 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!
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.
Visit Animals In The Dark
To celebrate Earth Hour WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo in Darling Harbour will be turning its lights out and opening its doors after hours - offering guests the rare opportunity to experience an exclusive night tour of the zoo. Throughout the evening of Saturday 28th March, the public is invited on a guided tour to learn more about Ringo the Wombat, Princess the Cassowary, Rocky the 365kg Saltwater Croc and other native Australian animals including snakes, Tasmanian devils and koalas via after dark guided tours. Each tour will also include special animal encounters – so prepare yourself for some unique interactions. Plus $5 from every ticket will go to the WILD LIFE Conservation Fund.
Please note this event has been cancelled due to the increasing threat of covid-19.
Watch the Harbour Lights go off
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.
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.
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!
At-home Picnic by Candlelight
Image: Glitter and Bubbles
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.
Register for Earth Hour and join the global movement!
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