On Saturday, 28 March at 8:30 pm – the world is going to the dark side! All members of the public are encouraged to turn off their lights, and other electronics, just for an hour.

Started by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment, engaging millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories. It has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people.

However, this year most people around the world are practicing self-isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But that shouldn’t stand in the way of supporting the planet! So we have assembled a list of fun, safe activities to do while the lights are out.

Shadow puppet show

This is the perfect activities for families with young kids! Switch off all your lights and electronics and put on a show! You can cut out characters earlier in the day or use good old fashioned sock puppets. Expand the exercise and have the kids write out a quick script – or you could just make it up as you go along. Shine a torch on a big, empty wall and let the show begin – you could even record it and send it to relatives and friends.

Candlelight yoga

Saturday is the perfect day to spice up your self-care routine with some candle-light yoga. You can pull up some beginners tutorials on YouTube or if you know your stuff already – even better! You can dispense with electronics completely!

Camping in the garden

We shouldn’t be venturing out in public, but we still have a few weeks of nice weather left before summer – so why not make the most of it during Earth Hour! Get back to nature and set up a tent in the back garden! Light some candles, or if you have a fire pit you even get a fire roaring away and cook some marshmallows.

Art in the dark

Let your creativity flow and challenge yourself to paint something in the dark! If you’re worried about the mess put an old table cloth or sheet down, or rather than paint you can use pencils and pens. You can even challenge your friends to join you: send them all a message with something to draw and then send each other a picture of your masterpieces to each other when the lights come back on!

Watch a scary movie

This activity is not for the faint-hearted! Remember all the lights will be out… Maybe it’s best to Skype a friend and watch it together?

Make a Promise for the Planet!
Commit to change one thing to protect the planet – use our Promise Maker here or #PromiseForThePlanet on social media. Record your own lights off moment during the hour and share with us using #EarthHour – it could feature in our switch off film at the end of the hour! And don’t forget to mention @marhabaqatar!

Read about more things to do in the dark this Earth Hour here on the WWF website.

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