Earth Hour

5 fun Eco-Friendly ways to Celebrate Earth Hour

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It all began on Saturday, 31 March 2007. The world’s first Earth Hour in Sydney, Australia, saw more than 2.2 million people turn off their lights for one hour. This was to show the Australian government that people were concerned about climate change [1].

But Earth Hour is more than just turning off the lights; it’s a global day to raise awareness about the environment. It encourages people to think about what they can do to make the future more sustainable.

This year Earth Hour is taking place on Saturday, March 23rd from 8:30pm – 9.30pm GMT.  Here at Vavista, we’ve put together our 5 fun eco-friendly ways to celebrate Earth Hour.

Plan a Candlelit Dinner

Instead of relying on electricity, opt for a romantic candlelit dinner with your loved ones. Prepare a delicious meal while you still have light and then switch to candles for the big event.

If you want to be even more eco-friendly, use locally sourced, organic ingredients for your meal to support sustainable farms and reduce carbon emissions. Not only does this activity create a cosy atmosphere, it also means you will be forced to talk and interact with no distractions and hopefully you’ll appreciate the flavours of your meal even more. Why not check out some recipes on our website for some inspiration?

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Hour


Turn off all your lights and electronic devices, step outside, and gaze up at the stars. Bring along a blanket, lie down, and enjoy the serene beauty of the night sky. Use this time to reflect on the importance of preserving our planet for future generations and the role each of us plays in protecting the environment. You can find out exactly what constellations, satellites and shooting stars to look for using this easy guide.

Take a Walk

Take a leisurely stroll through a local park or nature reserve and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the natural world. Use this opportunity to observe native flora and fauna and listen to the chirping of birds. Bring along a reusable water bottle and snack to minimise waste and consider picking up any litter you encounter along the way. By connecting with nature on a personal level, you’ll develop a greater appreciation for the earth’s beauty and diversity.

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Hour

Have a DIY Arts and Crafts Session

Having no screens means you can get creative and make some DIY arts and crafts, preferably using recycled materials found around your home. Whether it’s decorating old glass jars to make vases or choose something for the kids from this handy list. Not only does this activity reduce waste and minimise the need for new resources, but it also fosters innovation and creativity. Get the whole family involved and turn Earth Hour into a fun and educational experience.

Get the Puzzles, Instruments and Board Games Out

Challenge yourself to enjoy entertainment without relying on electricity. Dust off board games, play acoustic instruments, or tell stories by the fireplace. Engage in meaningful conversations with friends and family, sharing ideas for how you can collectively make a positive impact on the environment. By disconnecting from screens and embracing simpler forms of entertainment, you’ll not only reduce your carbon footprint but also strengthen bonds with those around you.  Read about how Vavista are doing their bit towards minimising carbon footprint.

Couple drinking wine by fireplace

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[1]  Milestones over the years | Earth Hour
[2] 10 Most Interesting Facts About Earth Hour | WWF
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