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EARTH HOUR — pick your time, place, and celebration!
March 14, 2018 - March 28, 2018
Every year, PA IPL invites people to hold Earth Hour parties at home or in their houses of worship that act as fundraisers and “friend-raisers” for PA IPL. It’s great chance to jump in… and it’s fun. Celebrate reaching a goal, or setting a goal — or both. Let us know if you want some colorful PA IPL handouts to share! We’ve had all sorts and scales of regional Earth Hour parties in the past, and we already know of incredibly varied gatherings, vigils (State College), celebrations, and parties in Altoona, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, State College, Pittsburgh (private, but with several public events that week!), Scranton, and Williamsburg (private dinner),
Earth Hour is a worldwide event, uniting people as they join to turn off the electricity and go dark for 1 hour, local time on a Saturday in late March. This year Earth Hour is
Saturday, March 24, 2018.
Celebrate with your friends, your neighborhood, or your congregation, and choose what you are hungry for… from reflective to (a little) raucus. Are evenings not so good for you? No problem! It’s a worldwide event, so you can watch online as the Eiffel Tower or the Sydney Opera House goes dark (3:30 PM our time for Paris, or 5:30 AM for Sydney). … and feel free to choose a different night in the 7 days on either side of the spring equinox, which we’re calling “Earth Hour Fortnight.”
Here are a few ideas to get you started. If you’re going with 8:30-9:30 local time and you can, make it dramatic: do a countdown and throw the main breaker for your whole house so everything goes out at once.
- potluck party — potluck food and potluck poems
- a candle-lit sharing of gratitude and lament.
- open mic night (acoustic from 8:30-9:30)
- hire a local acoustic musician to play (does the local high school have a jazz band? I bet they have a pianist!)
analog game night —inter-generational parlor games (by candlelight or solar camping lantern during Earth Hour itself). Ask Google about Shadow Buff, Bag of Nouns, Forehead Detective, and Fictionary to get you started.
- flashlight tag for the kids
brie and baguettes at 3:30 in the afternoon when Paris goes dark (you can watch online)
tea and scones (or a Monty Python sing-a-long?) at 4:30 in the afternoon when London landmarks turn off their lights.
- The Climate Ribbon project began in connection with the first People’s Climate March in New York City in 2014. The link takes you to a short video about the project.
- Water-linked activities fit well since World Water Day is the same week, on 3/22.
- If you’re having an event where a prayer or meditation would be a good fit (or you want to send folks home with one!) there are some good ones here (some directly on the page, and some linked to it, including the prayer Interfaith Power & Light uses at noon on Earth Day.)