Mar 20: What will you be doing?

Earth Hour is only eight days away – what will you be doing? Cuddling up with your loved ones and admiring the stars in the night sky or organising a treasure hunt in the dark? At 8:30pm on Saturday 28 March, people from all corners of the world will turn off their lights for one hour - Earth Hour - and cast their vote for action on climate change. Anybody can participate and join together with millions of people across the globe celebrating Earth Hour.

“Earth Hour is about taking simple steps every day that collectively reduce carbon emissions – from businesses turning off their lights when their offices are empty, to households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby,” said Earth Hour Officer, Amy Rauter.

Here are 10 different ways to spend Earth Hour and reduce your carbon footprint.

1. Organise an Earth Hour street party with your neighbours
2. Gather family and friends for a night picnic in your local park and look at the stars
3. Enjoy a family dinner by candlelight
4. Organise a treasure hunt in the dark
5. Take the dog for a night walk
6. Have a candle-lit bath
7. Sit in the dark and share stories
8. Organise a family night playing board games
9. Share a romantic night in with your loved one
10. Upload your ‘on the night’ photos and videos to flickr and YouTube respectively, and then add them to the respective Earth Hour flickr group (http://www.flickr.com/groups/earthhour2009global/) and the global YouTube Group (http://www.youtube.com/group/earthhourglobal).

“There are no hard and fast rules surrounding participation in Earth Hour. Make Earth Hour work for you. Families with young children should feel free to turn their lights off earlier than 8:30pm and for those having too much fun in the dark during the hour, don’t feel you have to limit yourself to one hour and switch back on at 9:30pm,” Ms Rauter said.

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