Bright Ideas for Going Dark During Earth Hour 2018
You’ve been there before—the lights suddenly go out and you’re not sure exactly when they’re going to come back on again. It could be a few minutes, or it could be an hour. Who knows? How do you occupy yourself until then? Hopefully, when all goes dark this time, it’ll be because you’re participating in Earth Hour on Saturday March 24, 2018, between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Earth Hour originated in Sydney, Australia, 11 years ago. Since then, 187 countries have participated, with people shutting off lights during the designated hour. The idea is to make an environmental statement by reducing power consumption and therefore reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the air.
Here is a list of fun things to do while you’re showing solidarity for the planet.
Whether you’re alone or with friends and family, stargazing is always a fun activity! Head up to the roof (if it’s safe) or out to your backyard, or hike to a quiet and dark location. As it turns out, Venus is quite brilliant this year—and you’ll look bright too when you impress your friends with your knowledge of constellations using this sky map: https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-march-2018
Light the table with candles (wax or LED) and pour some wine. Make it romantic or gab with your girlfriends. Either way, you’ll be sipping wine, having fun, and showing your support for the planet. Pick a California bottle with this article of perfect pairings: http://www.discovercaliforniawines.com/meet-the-grapes/wine-and-food/
Open Your Ears
Close your eyes and open your ears to the sounds of a new album or an old favorite. Cutting out the distraction of lights can really open up your other senses like hearing. You may find yourself discovering new sounds on an album you listened to a million times. Check out free music software like Spotify for new music. https://www.spotify.com/us/
Game Night, Scary Stories, and a Blanket Fort
Gather the kids around and give them a little fright with a spooky ghost story session, or play a fun game like 20 questions inside a homemade blanket fort. (You can set up the fort just before it’s time for lights out to avoid mishaps.) Then you can relive your childhood camp memories with your little ones and save energy at the same time. Here are a few questions to get you started: http://minds-in-bloom.com/20-question-to-ask-kids/
You usually have trouble finding the time for fitness, but Earth Hour is the perfect opportunity for a night run, if the weather permits in your location. Make sure to bring at least one buddy and wear reflective running gear for safety. Find some examples of night running gear here: https://www.active.com/running/articles/9-tips-for-your-night-runs
Long Exposure Photo Shoot
Get out your camera for a long exposure photo shoot that will no doubt yield some stunning results. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the controls on your camera before show time, and don’t forget your tripod to prevent blurry backgrounds. The goal is to capture your subject in movement against a solid background. That can be car headlights, stars, or even someone moving around the scene creating a ghostly figure.