How To Spend Earth Hour If You Don't Want To Sit Alone In A Dark House
On Saturday night, lights will be shut off across the world as a commitment to do better for the planet.
Now in its 12th year, Earth Hour is arguably the world's biggest grassroots movement for climate change action -- with households, businesses and iconic global landmarks to go dark for an hour.
Nearly one in four Aussies take part on the night, and nine in 10 of us know what Earth Hour is.
At 8:30 pm, millions of people in over 180 countries will flick the switch for 60 minutes as part of the World Wide Fund for Nature event.
"Even as kids I remember us gathering around and mum getting excited about it," WWF Earth Hour ambassador James Trewethie told 10 daily, admitting that when he's not looking for love on Bachelor In Paradise, he's found love in nature.
"It was so cool as a kid. We lit candles and we'd play board games and it was great because it got the family together in a group as well."
Afraid of the dark? Not a problem -- Earth Hour has come a long way since its beginnings in Sydney more than a decade ago.
"Every year I'm just amazed at the new and interesting things that come up," WWF spokesperson Kerry Major told 10 daily.
"Apart from the lights out moment, which is a symbolic show for action against climate change, the community has really embraced this occasion to do a lot of really fun things."
From a lights-off disco to top quality stargazing, here's a quick rundown of some of the official events you can take part in this year.
If you can't count on your partner to take you out for a candlelit dinner any other night of the year, there's no better time to drop a hint. If you're single, you can consider it a date with the planet.
Among participating restaurants in NSW are No. 1 Brent Street, the Hunter Valley's Redsalt Restaurant or Three Blue Ducks in Bronte for a lights-out feast, while Melburnians can book in at the Marriott Hotel's Essence Restaurant.
Fremantle's Raw Kitchen in Western Australia and Hobart's Cooleys Hotel are also turning off the lights and striking a few matches.
"For Earth Hour this year, we're going to go out for a picnic, get under the stars and switching off," Trewethie said of his plans.
And he's not alone.
The Coal Loader Center for Sustainability in Waverton, NSW is hosting a big ole picnic for anyone who wants to come along, as is Maleny Golf Club on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
There's no better time to look at the stars than when light pollution is at its lowest.
The Adelaide Planetarium, Sydney Observatory, Sutherland Astronomical Society and the Astronomical Society of Victoria are all hosting events for the general public.
Otherwise, your backyard has a BYO telescope policy and it's open all night.
Dance Like No One Can See You (Literally)
Goros in Sydney's Surry Hills is givings it's customers a unique dance experience.
The Japanese karaoke den will turn its lights off from 8-9pm and keep them minimal for the rest of the night, while DJ Levins provides the tunes.
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There's no shortage of ways to spend Earth Hour but at the end of the day, it's a symbolic show of solidarity for an environment under threat, Major said.
"It's really just a moment for people every year to really sit down and reflect and think about your actions, and impacts on the planet," she said.
Globally, species have declined by 13 percent every decade since 1970, according to WWF.
In Australia, there are serious concerns our iconic koala is facing the threat of extinction due to extensive land clearing -- similar to that of orangutans in south-east Asia,
Meanwhile, the country experienced its third-hottest year on record in 2018.
"Mother Nature doesn't have a voice," Trewethie said.
"So she really needs people to stand up on her behalf, make change and raise awareness because the way we're living isn't sustainable."
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