10 Ways To Celebrate Earth Hour During The Coronavirus Pandemic

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Started by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and its partners, Earth Hour is now one of the world’s most famous movements for the environment with participants coming together from all over the globe every year to switch off their lights for one hour. This year, Earth Hour is taking place on Saturday 28th March from 8.30pm – 9.30pm. Due to the exceptional circumstances brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the organisers are advising we celebrate Earth Hour digitally from our homes to ensure the health and safety of all

If you’re wondering how we can still celebrate Earth Hour indoors this year, we have a list of ideas below. 

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1. Turn off the lights 

The essence of the Earth Hour movement hasn’t changed – this is the easiest way we can participate. All we have to do is to switch off all non-essential lights for an hour. 

2. Join Earth Hour live-streams 

There will be a number of online events held around the world on the evening of Earth Hour. Browse the directory of events, from Q&A sessions to live performances on the official Earth Hour page here

3. Enjoy dinner-in-the-dark

Light some candles and make some delicious plant-based food to enjoy during Earth Hour. Try some of our 100% vegan and planet-friendly recipes

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4. Voice your concerns online 

This year, Earth Hour has created a “Voice for the Planet” petition to world leaders to demand urgent political action to protect our planet. Sign it here.

5. Watch a climate documentary

Celebrate by tucking into some popcorn whilst you watch some of the best documentaries about the planet. We have our favourite picks here. The Environmental Film Festival is also showing a number of nature documentaries for free on their website for a limited time. 

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6. Play some nature-inspired music and sing in the dark

The organisers have also put together a Spotify channel full of their official trailer records and nature-inspired playlists. Listen to it and get singing. 

7. Set up a “camp” in your living room

Some people usually celebrate the evening by camping outdoors. You can still participate in camping this year, just in the comfort of your living room! If you can’t set up a full camping space, you can try creating a makeshift version with pillows and bedsheets. 

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8. Dance 

Earth Hour is hosting a Tik Tok channel where they will dish out some dance challenges for the evening. You can join in and tag them! 

9. Watch an explainer narrated by Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough has narrated a short film where he explains our planet’s biggest challenge yet, and what actions we can each take to lessen our impact on earth. Watch it here

10.Try photography in the dark 

Test your photography skills at home without any lights on by taking portraits of your family in candlelight. You can also try taking images of random objects at home. 

11. Bonus > Join Our ‘Listen To Mother Earth: Immersive Sound Session #EarthHour 2020’ Event on Facebook Live

Lead image courtesy of Google Earth.


  • Sally Ho

    Sally Ho is Green Queen's former resident writer and lead reporter. Passionate about the environment, social issues and health, she is always looking into the latest climate stories in Hong Kong and beyond. A long-time vegan, she also hopes to promote healthy and plant-based lifestyle choices in Asia. Sally has a background in Politics and International Relations from her studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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