Earth Hour 2015: Turn Out The Lights

A global event that unites cities, businesses and individuals by turning out the lights for one hour, March 28, 8:30 to 9:30 pm

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: March 26, 2015

Earth Hour 2015: Turn Out The Lights

Earth Hour on Saturday, March 28 between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm is a global event that unites cities, businesses, schools, organizations and individuals by asking them to turn out the lights for one hour in a unified call for action on climate change.

This year's L.A. Earth Hour Theme is "Reconnect and Get Back to Basics." By turning off lights for an hour, you can switch on the fun and enjoy doing a myriad of activities with family and friends.

Many buildings within the City are participating in this gesture symbolizing our fight against climate change and for a healthier planet. Joining the cause are well-known institutions like the Music Center, At&T, Wells Fargo, CitiGroup, the Garland Center, LAUSD Headquarters, The Gas Company Tower, AON, USC, UCLA, Paramount Studios, and the Getty Center.

Iconic city buildings like City Hall, the Airport, the John Ferraro Building, the Bureau of Sanitation facility, and the Port of L.A. facilities are likewise participating.

You and your family and friends are encouraged to join Earth Hour and help make a difference. Here's a list of activities for Earth Hour:

By switching off the lights for an hour, participants can switch on the fun. How? By going back to basics and reconnecting with their family, friends and with nature. Here are basic fun activities:

Snapping photos of darkened buildings & city iconic landmarks and posting them on social media. Hashtag TBD.

Going out & joining others who are observing Earth Hour. Think of taking a stroll in DTLA or in your neighborhood.

Preparing and eating raw and organic foods by candlelight (soy-based).

Hosting a wine tasting party using candlelight (soy-based).

Listening to people playing drums, the clarinet, etc.

Having an unplugged music session.

Doing yoga or meditation or any exercise. Burn those calories!

Giving your home or office an energy makeover by switching your old light bulbs to compact fluorescent lights.

Playing board games like Monopoly, LIFE, or Taboo or hide-and-seek in the dark.

Writing down resolutions with your friends on how to help make our planet more sustainable.

Having a contest to see who can collect the most recyclables in the house in an hour. Use LED flashlights.

Unplugging all your unnecessary electronics like the TV or computer and simply enjoying the quiet hour.

Organizing an Earth Hour running crew and enjoying the fresh air outside.

Going for a refreshing bike ride outside. Exercise those calves!

Getting your kids involved:
o Searching the constellation for planets.
o Building a fort or a tent and having everyone bring his/her own blanket.
o Teaching your children about simple ways to save energy and our planet.
o Telling stories or reading poetry using LED flashlights.
o Glow-in-the-dark finger-painting contest for kids.

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