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

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

8:30-9:30PM
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.)

January 2018 newsletter: Greening and Growing in the Dark

Photo credit: Darlene O’Neal, Bellefonte PA

somehow, in some way,
it has managed to survive –
pampas grass in the snow

— Matsuo Bashō, 17th c, Japanese

It is winter – and it is 2018 – and so it’s understandable that we seek evidence of ‘survival,’ perhaps against all odds.  At Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light we know that surviving – even thriving– is most fully realized when we can reach for meaningful action, companions in the work, the sense of fullness that comes from prayer, ritual and meditation, and always, always, generative hope.  Here are some ways we are cultivating all of these around the state right now – we hope you’ll join in! Continue reading January 2018 newsletter: Greening and Growing in the Dark

Earth Hour — mark your calendars, help plan a regional event

Every year, PA IPL invites people to hold Earth Hour parties at home or in their houses of worship that act as fundraisers or “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!  In 2016 we had 3 great regional Earth Hour parties, and we already know that Earth Hour at Terra Preta in Scranton is a go again in 2017!

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

8:30-9:30PM
Saturday March 25, 2017.

Celebrate with your friends, your neighborhood, or your congregation!  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).

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 food and poems
  • 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). Look up 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 goes dark

Earth Hour STATE COLLEGE: an evening of music and more!

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All the fun links us with communities around the world that all go dark during Earth Hour (a worldwide event, uniting people as they join to turn off the electricity and go dark for 1 hour local time). This event is a fundraiser for PA IPL, as we join in celebrating Earth Hour with communities around the world, all going lights out from 8:30-9:30 PM

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REGISTER (or donate!)
All donations made in association with this event will be DOUBLED by a matching grant.

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SCRANTON: Terra Preta hosts a PA IPL Earth Hour evening

This year, Terra Preta will be hosting an Earth Hour gathering. The lights will be out during dinner from 8-9pm. We invite you to join us in celebrating and making a difference for our planet!

Terra Preta has partnered with Rabbi Daniel Swartz of Temple Hesed and PA IPL Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light to bring this global event to Scranton!

What to expect: During the hour of 8-9pm, the lights will be out in the dining room and you will be eating solely by candle light. In addition to our dinner menu, we will have local and sustainable dinner features, utilizing our local farmers while reducing our waste. We will have a few special guests with us. You will have a chance to get to know local farmers (Fullers Overlook Farm will be there) and learn about ways to access locally grown food. From 6-9pm we will also have live music brought to you by Mark Woodyatt Violin and Entertainment.

We would like to invite you to join Terra Preta in what promises to be an amazing and inspiring global celebration of our collective commitment to the planet. Be sure to make your reservation soon by calling Terra Preta at 570-871-4190

Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement by World Wildlife Fund to unite people to take action for the planet. Earth Hour was started in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and since then it has grown to engage supporters in over 172 countries and territories worldwide. During this global moment of solidarity, Earth Hour supporters around the world to take a stand to solve our planet’s biggest environmental challenge yet and shine a light on climate action.

To make reservations for Earth Hour Dinner, please call Terra Preta at 570-871-4190