The challenge is to devote part of your day to something like reading an article, watching a documentary, or finding out more about the plants in your neighborhood.
The Earth Hour is celebrated at 8:30 pm on March 25, and this year the movement has raised the bar. Beyond the collective action of turning off the lights, the goal now is to make these 60 minutes a longer and even more meaningful hour, so that we remember to make all the other hours count.
Taking into account your busy schedule, we have gathered some activities that you can do outdoors or even without leaving home so that you can learn more about the planet, reconnect with the Earth, or inspire others to take care of this common home, alone or in the company of friends and family. A note: those that require the use of technology, we suggest you leave it until before or after the earth hour.
Activities for those who want to learn more about the planet:
- Read the latest news or articles about biodiversity, nature, environment or climate change: why not take a look at the website website and our section dedicated to these topics?
- Join an Earth Hour event: in Portugal the ANP|WWF will hold a peddypaper in the Monsanto Forest Park, in Lisbon, for families and groups of friends who want to learn more about nature. Note: registrations are already closed
- Take a guided walk in the park or nature reserve nearest you
Activities for those who want to reconnect with the planet:
- Go for a walk, stroll, or jog in the open air
- Watch the sunset golden hour: you can check the exact time on this site
- Forest bathing: this Japanese-inspired practice is nothing less than being calm and relaxed among the trees, strengthening the immune system and reducing blood pressure and stress levels
- Have an outdoor meditation session or listen to the soothing sounds of nature: the Earth Hour website suggests this playlist to help you get in the mood
- Going camping or stargazing
Activities for those who want to help restore the planet?
- Take a walk around the neighborhood and pick up whatever trash you see: you can also choose to run around and pick up trash. Read more about plogging here
- Find three items you have at home that are not environmentally friendly so you can find an alternative: you can see some examples of objects in this article and alternatives to plastic here
- Give a new life to your clothes: find out where you can leave the ones you no longer wear in this article
- Make a donation: you can make your contribution by donating to an environmental organization of your choice
- Learn and prepare a sustainable dinner: if you are not inspired, Peggada also suggests some recipes
- Replace the lights in your home with environmentally friendly, energy-efficient bulbs
Want to inspire others to take care of our planet?
- Tell someone about Earth Hour or share a post on social media
- Write to ministers, governors, mayors, or local business people to protect nature and advocate sustainability
- Invite your friends and family for a run, exercise or meditation outdoors
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Sustainable Development Goals
This article addresses an action that promotes the adoption of urgent measures to fight climate change and its impacts. SDG 13 also aims to improve education on climate change mitigation and impact reduction.