EARTH HOUR — pick your time, place, and celebration!

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.

We hope you will join us for virtual gathering on Saturday, March 28th with live music, prayer, and reflection
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 and let us know if you’d like to add your event to the list growing here: 

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.)

STATE COLLEGE — 2020 Earth Hour Prayer and Readings


PA IPL is now offering a virtual gathering on Saturday, March 28th with
live music, prayer, and reflection

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PA IPL member congregation Trinity Lutheran Church will be hosting supper followed by the Holden Prayer Service each Wednesday evening during Lent.  This year, they will be including Earth Hour or prayer in each service.  People of all faiths are welcome to join in, knowing that the service will be a Christian Lenten service.

The Lenten suppers will take place in fellowship hall starting at 6 PM. The Holden Prayer Service follows at 7 PM and will conclude each Wednesday evening by 7:30 PM.

This year, Trinity Lutheran will be observing Earth “Hour” across Lent with a Gospel meditation followed by an Earth Hour meditation taken from the ELCA Care of Creation statement during each of the six Wednesday Lenten prayer services.

Their invitation generously states “any PA IPL folks who would like to attend are most welcome to come for one of Pastor Ron’s Lenten suppers at 6 PM and then stay for the Holden Prayer Service at 7 PM.”  (Pastor Ron ministers from the kitchen as well as he does from the pulpit!)

Earth Hour started in 2007 as a simple observance of turning the lights off for an hour to show awareness of the negative effects human activities are having on our planet.

The lights-out celebration officially happens from 8:30 to 9:30 PM on Saturday, March 28 this year, but lots of small observances take place at various locations during the weeks immediately before and after the formal date and time.

Earth Hour

This was first published as part 4 of the February 2020 newsletter.  Now that we have fully entered this time of COVID-19, we trust that our members will use resources responsibly — virtually, in-household , or much later. As you will see in other posts, the newsletter included March and April events, an action idea, and a review of our February Annual Conference. We will be adding virtual connecting points and more.

Since 2007, people around the world have paused on a Saturday close to the Spring Equinox to ‘powerdown’ and turn off the lights from 8:30-9:30pm local time.  This year’s Earth Hour takes place on Saturday, March 28th.

NEW: Virtual, statewide gathering on the evening of Saturday, March 28th with live music, prayer, and reflection. You will find (free) registration and all the details on this Sacred Space Between Us event page.

PA IPL encourages and supports all kinds of Earth Hour gatherings — concerts, house parties, vigils, and celebrations.

Two special celebrations in Philadelphia and State College, are fundraisers for PA IPL helping us continue our programming, keeping it affordable and accessible.  There’s room for many more events across the state!

Let us help you plan yours — we’ll help you with ideas, logistics, and publicity so you can join in the movement on March 28 from 8:30-9:30pm local time!

Below are some of this year’s Earth Hour events happening across the state. Let us know if you’d like to add your event to the list growing here:  :

This was first published as part 3 of the February 2020 newsletter.  Scroll up or down for more upcoming March and April events, an action idea, and a review of our February Annual Conference.

Nationwide Earth Day Climate Prayer

 Sign up and download a Climate Blessing here.

Join your prayer with others in solitude, while walking in the woods, with friends and family, with your congregation, in your neighborhood, or, as a multi-faith group from Philadelphia PA IPL has done, on the island of a busy intersection with a banner or two inviting folks to join them. 

STATE COLLEGE — Earth Hour Party

Facebook event page — use the SHARE menu to invite friends!
2-sided poster to share (prints well in color or grayscale)
1/4 page fliers to share (prints well in color or grayscale.

The annual Earth Hour party fundraiser for PA Interfaith Power & Light includes a silent auction, tasty snacks & excellent and varied live music: Los Tikis, Wiggus and Friends, and Tranceformation.

As part of the world wide Earth Hour celebrations, we will go lights out and all-acoustic from 8:30-9:30.

We’ll be screening a new, solutions- and action-focused filmParis to Pittsburgh— from National Geographic at 6:15, right before the party. Come for both!

STATE COLLEGE: Movie Screening Paris to Pittsburgh

Buy some dinner at Webster’s to keep your mouth and stomach happy, then sit down to join us for  a realistic, hopeful film about climate action and solutions…. and stay for the State College Earth Hour party with live music and a silent auction that is a fundraiser for PA IPL.

Poster to share (2 sided, will print well  in color or grayscale)
1/4-page fliers to share (2 sided, will print well  in color or grayscale)
Facebook event page —  use the “share” options to invite your friends.

Check out the trailer right now!