Every year, we ask Edmontonians to turn off their lights for an hour to celebrate Earth Hour. But what does sitting in the dark for an hour actually accomplish?
First of all, the darkness isn’t the end result, it’s only a tool. It’s a way of showing solidarity in the need to act on climate change, a symbolic act of the need to take action—an act that shows that more Edmontonians are concerned about climate change and taking action.
Second, it’s not just the act of turning off your lights, but a conversation starter to help get people talking about climate change and the actions people can take to reduce their impact. Check out Climate Reality’s tips on starting a climate conversation.
Third, you don’t actually have to sit in the dark and do nothing. There are many activities that you can do, by yourself or with friends and family, such as:
- Play sardines (or reverse hide-and-seek) in the dark
- Tell spooky tales in the dark with only a flashlight
- Go for a walk and see which buildings have turned off their lights
- Take a nap :)
So, what will you be doing for Earth Hour this year? Let us know how you celebrated this occasion by submitting your story!
If your organization or building is participating in Earth Hour, download our posters and use the one that best suits your event.