Households get set for Earth Hour

Lights out

Lights will be switched off at homes and attractions throughout the world to show solidarity with our planet

27th March 2020 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

Households across the country will switch their lights off this weekend to show solidarity with our planet.

Earth Hour is the world’s biggest grassroots movement - the switch-off moment where millions come together for nature, people and the planet. We need more than ever to find ways to connect with each other and inspire hope for the future.

Tomorrow (Saturday 28 March), millions of people around the world will switch off their lights as a call to reconnect with nature. From 8.30pm to 9.30pm local time, iconic global landmarks, millions of homes, businesses and political leaders will switch off their lights for one hour.

Following the latest government advice, WWF is not organising public events for Earth Hour. Instead, it is encouraging people to find ways to take part online at home - as millions do from home for WWF each year.

“These are really unprecedented times, and I know a lot of people are looking for ways to connect and feel connected. In this global health crisis, now is a pivotal time for us to work together to safeguard our future and the future of our planet”, said Katie White, executive director of advocacy and campaigns at WWF-UK.

“While - first and foremost - our thoughts are with those affected by coronavirus, and those who are working so hard in healthcare and other vital services, many millions of us are working and operating from our homes. Taking part in Earth Hour this year feels very timely – a time when millions unite around the world to show they care about the future of our planet. In these difficult times, It’s an opportunity to inspire hope.

“So whether you decide to have a candlelit dinner at home, switch off your lights along with Buckingham Palace, swap something in your daily life for a more sustainable option, do a little planting in your window box or garden now that spring is upon us or simply click ‘join’ on our Earth Hour page – there could be millions of small actions happening this year, by all of us who want to show our appreciation for each other and our planet.”

How to get involved?

WWF’s new hub of things to do at home has ideas for everyone. From activities and education resources for young ones, to links to join the Earth Hour conversation online.

Here are some of the best ways to take part in Earth Hour 2020 and join the community:

• Lights off: The simplest way to take part in the Earth Hour is by switching off non-essential lights at home at 8.30pm – 9.30pm local time - a symbolic way to show your support of nature and the planet

• Join the #EarthHour conversation: Follow Earth Hour from Australia to the UK and beyond. Search #EarthHourUK, #EarthHourWales or #EarthHourScotland and connect to the global community with #EarthHour. See how people around the world are taking part and discover new ways to make small changes at home, which can benefit the planet

• Learn something new: WWF is sharing a host of interactive kids activities including videos, quizzes and free education resources from Netflix’s Our Planet; the innovative Seek app which uses your camera to identify creepy crawlies or plants in your garden; a special Facebook Live Quiz (follow WWK UK) and explore the range of Love Nature activity packs.

• Sign up to a virtual event: Try WWF’s new Earth Hour events page for a rundown of this year’s virtual events.