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5 family-friendly things to do in the dark during Earth Hour amongst COVID-19

March 20, 2019

Family huddling under a blanket reading

Updated March 5, 2020

We love this planet, now more than ever as #WereInThisToghether as we deal with COVID-19. That’s why helping our customers conserve energy is a big deal to us. In fact, we recently announced our 30BY30 target which aims to reduce our customers’ greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by the year 2030. And we’re well on the path. One simple way we all can reduce our emissions to support a lower-carbon future is to participate in Earth Hour on Saturday, March 28.

Earth Hour started in Australia in 2007 as a symbolic lights-out event, but has since become a global grassroots environmental movement. So, while we’re all supporting health authorities order to stay home, we can still plan some activities. Why not join us between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on March 28 and put on a sweater and lower the heat a bit, while spending an hour or so without lights, heat and hot water to show our love for our planet.

If you can’t think of something to do in the dark, here are five family-friendly ideas—where you can still practice physical distancing—we’ve come up with that are not only fun, but will also help save energy:

1. Party like it’s 1819!

Enjoy dinner by candlelight.* We recommend a plant-based salad with nuts, legumes and veggies—earth-friendly and no need to use the oven!

Dinner by candlelight

2. Stargaze with the kids.

Sunset hits before 8 p.m. on March 28, so it should be dark enough to see some stars in the evening sky. Let’s hope for clear skies! As you might even be able to spot the constellation Cancer, best seen at 9 p.m. in March.

Stargazing

3. Say no to screens.

Why not gather the kids and pets together, huddle under some blankets, and read by flashlight?

Family huddling under a blanket reading

4. Stretch it out.

We’ve heard of goat yoga or laughter yoga, so how about a little dark yoga? Roll out your mat and have a quiet stretching session in the dark. Now that’s a relaxing way to spend Earth Hour, plus it’ll help keep you warm.

Yoga in the dark

5. How about sleep?

Who couldn’t use a few extra hours of shut-eye? Lights off, thermostat turned down, no screens, just sweet dreams.

Sleeping

*If using candles, don’t leave them unattended, especially around young children and pets.

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