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EARTH HOUR — pick your time, place, and celebration!
March 10, 2020 - March 28, 2020
March 10-March 28, 2020
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
8:30-9:30 PM local time
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Celebrate with your friends, your neighborhood, or your congregation, and choose what you are hungry for… from reflective to (a little) raucous. 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 10 days on either side of the spring equinox, which we’re calling “Earth Hour, the Director’s cut.”
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, some private and some public, from celebrations and parties, to vigils, seders, and discussions, and thematic dinners. You can check out a sampling of past events publicized on our website, and scroll down on this page for ideas to get you started.
and let us know if you’d like to add your event to the list growing here: Philadelphia Earth Hour benefit event—March 28–Singing for the Earth State College–Trinity Lutheran Lenten Earth Prayers–Every Wednesday evening March 4-April 8 State College benefit event
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 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.)