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Earth Hour 2016

March 17, 2016

Earth Hour - star gazing, walks and candlelight!

gNappies have been celebrating WWF Earth Hour each year since it began nearly 10 years ago. 

 Earth Hour gNappies

When you have little ones, suddenly the future of our planet is brought into much sharper focus, and we all want to do our bit to leave it in good shape for future generations.  Switching the lights off and unplugging from the grid can have a massive impact in the fight against climate change. Together, we can make a difference.

Earth Hour takes place this year on Saturday 19th March from 8:30-9:30 pm, and is a global action, symbolising how each individual can make a positive impact.

If you’re looking for some ideas of how to involve the whole family with Earth Hour, why not try these:

  • Blow up a camping mattress or even an inflatable paddling pool, fill it with snuggly blankets and wrap up in the garden, lie back and spend the hour watching the stars. A flask of hot chocolate will keep you all toasty.
  • Take a dusk walk. Younger children find it particularly exciting being out after dark, so grab some torches and warm coats and head off to explore.  The Forestry Commission (www.forestry.gov.uk/afterdark) have organized events running, from wildlife walks to astrology events for older children, or you can print out the free downloadable spotter sheets and do your own.
  • Have a candle-lit bath. Turn this evening chore into a more relaxed affair with your favourite calming bubble bath.
  • For baby’s feeding time, settle into your favourite chair, switch off the lights (you could keep a nightlight on), throw open the curtains and position yourself so you can watch the world outside. See the stars in the sky, or maybe your neighbour’s lights go off if they’re joining in too?!
  • Visit the library and choose some animal picture books for an Earth Hour story time. This is a great way of learning about endangered species, and kids will love a story by torchlight.
  • Have an unplugged candle-lit jam session. Grab those rattles, tambourines, pans and wooden spoons and make your own electricity-free music!

Find out more about Earth Hour and how to get involved here www.earthhour.org

What do you think you and your family will do with that one hour? Leave us a blog comment! And when the lights come back on, share your experience on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and help us show others how easy - and magical - it is when we all slow down.

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