Earth Hour Tips

Mar 26, 2014

On March 29th between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm the global initiative Earth Hour takes place. Hundreds of millions of people around the world unite each year to support the largest grassroots environmental event in history. Earth Hour asks people, businesses and governments around the world to turn off their lights for one hour to support urgent action on the pressing global challenge of climate change. Timbercreek Communities has gathered some fun and eco-friendly tips for making the most out of Earth Hour in your Richmond Hill apartment.

Unplug
The first and most important thing to do on Earth Hour is to simply ‘unplug’ what you can. This involves more than just switching off the lights, including turning off your computer, appliances and other digital items. You might now be asking yourself ‘what to do now’?

Have a party
Invite family, friends and neighbours over for some old fashioned fun by candlelight. Host a board game night in the dark with plenty of different game options and snacks. Earth Hour is all about people coming together to celebrate our world, so why not spend it with some fantastic company. Our board game suggestions include Clue, Cranium, and of course Scrabble. If board games aren’t your forte, keep a few decks of playing cards on hand.

Candle-lit dinner
Celebrate Earth Hour with your partner, friends, or family by hosting a candlelit dinner party. Try to make your dinner based on the main ‘Livewell’ principles as outlined by the WWF Earth Hour dinner guidelines. These principles include eating more plants, wasting less food, eating less meat, eating less processed food and eating more certified food (food that meets a credible certified standard). The guidelines are outlined in the ‘Come Dine with WWF’S Earth Hour’ guide found here.

Nighttime city walk
Why not take a nighttime stroll around Richmond Hill’s city core to see what has switched off around the city? This is a healthy and active way to spend your Earth Hour, and you can do it in the company of family, friends and even pets. Last year many landmarks worldwide turned off their lights including the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, and even Big Ben in London. Hillcrest Mall, located less than a 20-minute walk away from our 274 Cedar Avenue apartments, hosts an annual block Party celebrating the annual Earth Hour conservation awareness campaign. Walk on over to Hillcrest Mall for exciting entertainment including dancers, a live DJ, light paintings, prizes and more.

Spend your Earth Hour establishing fun annual eco-conscious traditions that will help in the fight against global climate change. For more information on Earth Hour you can visit the official website here.

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