Finally – the long awaited Earth Hour is within sight! We’ve been busy over the last few months getting ready for the biggest global environmental event. With just 5 days to go until the switch off, take a look at some of the events on near you that everyone can enjoy. From night bike rides and star lit walks, to the comfort of the theatre and candlelit fundraisers; see what we’ve been busy planning. Take a look at last years highlights to get inspired for this Saturday.
If you’re looking for something different to do to celebrate the planet, there are plenty of independently organised events taking place around the UK. IBikeLondon are known for bringing together hundreds of cyclists for group rides around different parts of London and Earth Hour presented the perfect opportunity for a night ride in fancy dress. The ride will begin underneath Waterloo bridge and end at Gabriels Warf, ready to watch the landmark switch offs at 8:30pm.
Enjoy dinner by candle light
Candlelit dinners are being prepared all around the country, with members of the Sustainable Restaurants Association such as Savoy, Oxo Tower, Brasserie Blanc and many more all producing fantastic sustainable dishes to match the relaxing ambiance that candle light provides. But it isn’t just top class venues that are inviting people for a bite to eat. Many of you have been writing in to let us know that you’re inviting your friends and family around for a candlelit evening of food, cocktails and quizzes to raise money for our vital work.
Experience nature by star light
We’ve teamed up with the Forestry Commission this year, who are putting on family friendly evenings in forests nationwide. From teaching your kids about how spiders eyes reflect and showing them all the different star constellations, to sharing stories and drinking hot chocolate around a camp fire; the Forestry Commission really do have all bases covered at their 8 venues. If you’re more of a homely explorer, fear not, they’ve covered that one too! On their website you can find downloadable activity sheets for the kids, teaching them all about creepy crawlies and tracking small animals in the garden.
Take a trip to the theatre
Not everybody is an outdoorsy person though and we certainly don’t all have the space to host dinner parties. Ambassador Theatre group have got that one covered, with 45 venues across the the UK, USA and Australia all getting involved in Earth Hour. Several of them with have a themed cocktail with £1 of the price being donated to WWF. They’ll also be asking you to take a photo with a panda for our #PassThePanda campaign and maybe even make a pledge as to what small change you could make in your life to live more sustainably.
Join the panda-monium
Talking of #PassThePanda… we’ve sent our furry toy panda friends on a mission to invite as many people as possible to join in this Earth Hour. If you have a panda toy to hand, take a selfie and post to social media with the hashtags #EarthHourUK and #PassThePanda. There are other ways to get involved too, such as adding a panda emoji into your twitter bio, or grabbing yourself an e-card to share with all of your friends. In previous years, the likes of Stephen Fry and Jack Whitehall all took the opportunity to show off their panda toys.
For everything going on, let’s not forget our very own Living Planet Centre in Woking. We’ve got an action packed day planned for anyone coming to visit us, with crafts for the kids, a local band called Sour Kix and plenty more to keep you entertained before the hour.
Last but not least, we have a staggering number of landmarks confirmed to be supporting us this year and switching off their lights. With Big Ben, The Gherkin, The Shard, Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Old Trafford stadium and many more all showing their support for the future of our planet.
Add your name and mark yourself on our interactive map. You can also see what’s going on near you this Earth Hour.
Are you getting involved this year? Comment below and let us know what you’ve got planned!