The Importance of Earth Hour in the Covid-19 era
So far this year has been more challenging than expected. How many have thought to go back and reboot as it appears 2020 has caught a virus? [lol]
Under normal circumstances we would be looking forward to the Easter break or even the summer. Right?
Contrary to this however, the globe is facing a major health crisis with the outbreak of Covid_19 and half the planet, if not all by now, is in confinement if not lock down.
To quote the site directly “Earth Hour, organized by WWF, is a global grassroots movement uniting people to take action on environmental issues and protect the planet. Engaging a massive mainstream community, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights out event in Sydney, Australia in 2007.”
This year millions of people are preparing to join in from the comfort of their sofa and through the screen of their laptops, as the circumstances dictate social distancing.
So, what makes Earth Hour so important this year?
1. It breaks the mundane routine of confinement
Spending days on end in the home needs fun activities in order to break the cycle of repetition and possible anxiety.
2. It provides us with a sense of purpose
Albeit in small way, given the circumstances it allows us to feel the joy of giving back to the community and our global home, that is in much need of tender loving care.
3. Helps us avoid obsessing over the crisis
With grim news flooding our screens 24/7 and with more time on our hands than usual, taking part in this event takes our mind off the endless Corona virus coverage.
4. It allows us to re frame the idea “stuck in the house” to a “ I can focus on me and more meaningful things”
Just think, this is the one time that where the world has come to a standstill as if time has stopped. With remote working now mandatory, now is the time that you can focus on things that you normally didn’t; have the time for. Taking part in Earth Hour might be one of them?
So how can you make a difference this year and why is it important for each and every one of us to take part?
1. Switch off all non-essential lights for an hour, and light a few candles. The easiest way to take part.
2. Enjoy a candlelit dinner with a glass of your favorite wine. If you want to up the challenge you can also organize a zero-waste dinner with foods that help make our planet healthier.
3. Play board games or enjoy a good book under the candle light
4. Enjoy a movie that takes inspiration from nature. Earth Hour.org provides a free episode of Our Planet: Our Business.
5. Feel free to just relax in the company of your loved us and plan your next getaway when all this over!
It may be a different way to join this year but it can make a difference to you and to our planet. Only 60 minutes to protect our beautiful home.