Ideas for Family Activities During @EarthHourCanada on March 23, 2013 #SheBlogs #EarthHour

Earth Hour 2013 via @MultiTestingMom


Earth Hour was started by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Australia in 2007. That year, more than 2.2 million people and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. In 2008, the rest of the world – including Canada – joined Earth Hour.

Earth Hour has become a global movement. The campaign encourages individuals, communities, businesses and governments to show leadership on climate change and to use Earth Hour as a platform to showcase to the world what measures they are taking to reduce their environmental impact.

By switching off your lights for Earth Hour you are acknowledging and celebrating your commitment to do something more for the planet that goes beyond the hour.

It is important to me that my children grow up respecting our planet and doing as many things as they can to keep our planet functioning as best as it can.

However this year….

Dear Planet Earth
Earth Hour Day, 2013

This year, I definitely don’t get the Mom of the year award and I most certainly don’t get the Green Award either!

I made a big boo boo!

I planned my daughter’s 8th Birthday Party on Earth Hour Day and not only that, the party goes right through Earth Hour.

I will make it up to you, dear Earth. How can I fix this?

I will pledge to play this song before the featured movie at my daughter’s birthday party:

Lyrics can be downloaded here in pdf
I will take the opportunity to share the message with a group of 8 year old impressionable minds!

Maybe we will have to do our crafts by candle light at the kitchen table. I will have to discuss ideas with my daughter.

Humbly signed,

Ideas for Family Activities During Earth Hour

  • go for a family walk around the neighbourhood
  • snuggle up in front of the FirePlace, on a couch or in bed and share stories of your favourite memories
  • play word games like ones that you might play while on a road trip like Twenty Questions or Alphabet Games
  • have a sing-a-long
  • make a fort
  • have a Fondue Party
  • play card games or board games by candle light

The WWF has more Activity Ideas for Earth Hour for you to check out.

Earth Hour Facts:

  • This year marks the sixth anniversary of Earth Hour in Canada
  • Earth Hour is one hour where the world unites and turns off their lights to send a powerful message in support of action on climate change
  • 152 different countries and more than 6,950 cities participated in Earth Hour in 2012
  • Within five years, Earth Hour has reached billions of people in 152 countries across every continent, making it ‘the World’s largest campaign for the planet’
  • Toronto was the first city in the world to sign up for Earth Hour in 2008
  • Last year, 39% of Canadians turned off their lights in support of Earth Hour – that’s 13 million people – across 511 cities

When: Saturday March 23, 2013 – 8:30pm
To find out about Earth Hour in Canada, visit
To find out more about Earth Hour globally, visit

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4 Responses to Ideas for Family Activities During @EarthHourCanada on March 23, 2013 #SheBlogs #EarthHour

  1. Victoria S says:

    Those are great ideas! It might be a perfect time to do cake or watch a movie, at your daughter’s party.

    Victoria Ess

  2. Shari G says:

    LOL glad I am not the only one with an earth hour fail. Here’s mine. We totally forgot and watched James Bond. Does it count if he spends 1/2 the movie with the lights out doing women? Probably not 😛

  3. I completely forgot to participate.

  4. Guppy says:

    I forgot about it too but at least I was consuming minimal energy – sick in bed all Saturday lol!

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