Each year climate change creeps up the list of today’s most crucial environmental issues. Organizations such as World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are providing people with a chance to raise climate change awareness from their own homes with the upcoming 9th annual Earth Hour on March 28, 2015 from 8:30 − 9:30 p.m. local time. Earth Hour started in Sydney, Australia, but with an ever-warming planet, people in more than 7,000 cities are now taking a stand against climate change. How can you participate? Take the pledge to power down for one hour during the event by turning off unnecessary lights and unplugging all appliances. Not only are we reducing energy usage at home, but by powering down in solidarity we make a worldwide gesture to bring climate change awareness to the forefront of climate debates.

Here are some fun ideas to brighten your hour of darkness:

– Burn 100% beeswax or soy candles. These are non-toxic/non-allergenic and are not petroleum based.

– Prep for your hour by making your own lantern out of a glass jar decorated with tissue paper − let your creativity shine.

– Play board games or charades by candlelight. Work on a puzzle, tell scary stories, go nuts!

– Have kids? Head outside to use glow-in-the-dark sidewalk chalk. Or fill the tub with glow sticks to make bath time extra fun.

– Read a book or cuddle up with a loved one under a blanket. Take this hour out of your hectic day to simply relax with your thoughts.

Visit www.earthhour.org to learn more about the meaning behind Earth Hour and find how you can continue to help the climate movement after the hour comes to a close.

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