Making the Switch
Making the Switch for Nature this Earth Hour!
If you are new to the whole concept of Earth Hour, don’t worry, it is never too late to participate. Earth Hour is a ‘lights out’ event in order to raise awareness on action for climate change. At Nectr, as we may have told you before, we are an environmentally conscious bunch and that is why we love getting in on initiatives that support preserving the earth!
If you are keen to take part of this movement, Earth Hour will take place at 8.30pm until 9.30pm on Saturday the 27th of March 2021. This is a yearly event and takes place on the last Saturday of March each year, so mark it in your diary as a reminder and join millions of people across the world who wish to make a change just like you.
Individually we all have the opportunity to do our part in taking action against climate change. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to turn your life upside down, any small switch you make is a step closer, and us Aussie’s are turning a new leaf by becoming more environmentally aware. So, let’s get into what you can do this Earth Hour to #SwitchForNature! We’ve created a pack on what to do to get you prepared for it!
1) Candles & Solar Lights
Let’s face it, to make Earth Hour exciting, we all need to get prepared with some candles, or if you have small children, it might be best to use solar lighting, charge them up during the day before Earth Hour. Use these as an opportunity to take part in switching off all your main house lights. Don’t forget to unplug any appliances that are not in use, as these are big energy drainers, and it will allow you to participate in the #SwitchForNature even more. Our favourite candles here at Nectr are tea light candles and taper candles! This can also make for a nice dinner party.
There is always one thing you can depend on during a light out session and that is board and card games! Great games you can get before taking part are Uno, Jenga or Monopoly. You also can’t go wrong with just a deck of cards and play a game of snap with the kids!
I know this may sound like a strange suggestion, but here us out, it’s one for every family member to enjoy, no matter what age you are! How fun is it creating your own fort in the sitting room, or even better if you have a big backyard to set up camp there for the night. This way you can really embrace the switching off. You can use this opportunity to fill your fort or tent with snacks or even get a book to read with a flashlight or better yet a solar lamp! There’s no better way to spend Earth Hour than creating great memories like this.
This Earth Hour the Sydney Opera House will be switching off their lights for the 14th consecutive year. This not only shows their commitment but shares a symbolic powerful message that positive action to protect our plant it all of our responsibility. If it is safe to do so, take the opportunity to go for a walk around the city to see who else will be contributing in Earth Hour.
It may not seem like it but taking this time to unwind and get artsy can be one of the most relaxing ways to take part in Earth Hour. If you have kids, try colouring books with solar lighting or flashlights to see in the dark, and get creative. You could even make it more fun by colouring and drawing species from all around the world. You can download and print some fun colouring pages here from WWF website.
If the weather is clear, take the opportunity to take a step outside and take this hour of switching off to appreciate the stars in our southern skies. This will be much better if your neighbours are participating too so that you can see the sky more clearly and get the best experience of this. Afterall, it’s always worth taking a look at the stars, especially on a clear night.
A sustainable future is one in which we can all take responsibility for and Earth Hour gives us the perfect opportunity to do this and strive towards integrating more sustainable steps in our everyday lives. We can do so by embracing to take small actions such as switching to a keep cup, reducing your single use plastic such as straws, switching your lights off when not in use and turning your computer off at the end of the day.