Friday 13-03-2015 - 14:40
Want to join millions around the world and take action at your union? Here’s a few ideas for Earth Hour celebrations.
At 8.30pm on Saturday 28 March, hundreds of millions of people from across the world will switch off their lights in a symbolic and spectacular display. It’s a huge reminder that together we have the power to make change happen.
Are you involved in Earth Hour this year? Here’s three other things you can do apart from turning off the lights.
Hold a candlelight dinner
At heart, Earth Hour is a celebration of connectedness – not just to the planet, but to one another. There’s no better way of connecting than sharing a meal, and what better way to enjoy a meal than by candlelight?
Why not hold a meal at your students’ union and invite all students to join? It could be a great way of engaging harder to reach students, and would make a massive difference to the wellbeing of students who might feel socially isolated.
Or if that’s not possible – encourage students in halls to get together and host a meal. Get them to share their meals on social media and offer prizes to those who get the most people together for Earth Hour.
Go on a night time walk
8.30pm in late March is the perfect time to get out into the night, and appreciate the world around us. Why not ask a relevant academic to lead a nature walk in the local area?
Events like Earth Hour are chances to reflect on what we’re trying to preserve when we talk about environmentalism, and there’s no better way of reminding ourselves than a tranquil, mindful walk through our natural surroundings, paying close attention to its beauty in the silence of night.
Reconnecting with nature is another great way of promoting wellbeing - and could make a great addition to your welfare programmes.
Host a secret cinema
So long as you’re turning the lights out, why not screen a movie? Just find some cosy space in the union building, throw in a few beanbags, and tell people to bring their own cushions and blankets.
You could really embrace the Earth Hour spirit and serve locally sourced snacks, and even have a cycle powered cinema if you were feeling really ambitious. Don’t forget the movie can be a powerful message too – with loads of environmentally themed movies to choose from.
We like Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind. You might have your own favourites.
Sign up to WWF’s Earth Hour and switch off your lights at 8.30pm on Saturday 28 March.