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

March 20, 2019 by Margaret Jetelina

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We love this planet. That’s why helping our customers conserve energy is a big deal to us. It’s also why we’re encouraging everyone to take part in Earth Hour on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at 8:30 p.m.

Earth Hour started in Australia in 2007 as a symbolic lights-out event, but has since become a global grassroots environmental movement. So, do you have plans precisely between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on March 30? If not, why not try going 60 minutes without hot water, lights, TVs, phones, computers and appliances and the heat turned down to show your love and solidarity for the environment? 

Starting Friday, March 22, share with us on Instagram how you’ll be spending the hour, tag two friends and you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of three FortisBC family-friendly prize packs, containing board games, a FortisBC blanket and flashlight and a $25 grocery store gift card. Each prize is valued at $150.* But hurry, the contest only runs until March 29, 2019.

If you can’t think of something to do in the dark, here are five family-friendly ideas 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 green salad with nuts, legumes and veggies—earth-friendly and no need to use the oven!

2. Stargaze with the kids.

Sunset hits before 8 p.m. on March 30, so it should be plenty dark to see some stars in the evening sky. You might even be able to spot the constellation Cancer, best seen at 9 p.m. in March. 

3. Say no to screens

With devices powered down and no screens available, why not gather family and friends together for some friendly competition with cards or a board game by candle or flashlight.

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.

5. How about sleep? 

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

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

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