Every day we sit in well-lit architectures, stare at electronic screens, or breath in and out artificially conditioned air. Don’t you just miss the natural light — or even natural darkness — once in a while? If so, you’d probably want to join the Earth Hour this year, which is coming up on March 25, 8:30 p.m.
Organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Earth Hour is a global movement for saving energy to protect the planet. This annual event encourages individuals, households, and businesses to turn off their lights for an hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. in one day in late March, to raise awareness of preventing climate change.
If you’re staying at home with your children, Earth Hour is an excellent opportunity to tell them a bit about environmentally-conscious lifestyles, as well as to have fun family time! Dearest has compiled a list of inspirations on what you can do during Earth Hour this year.
Camp outside or sit in the balcony, and gaze at the stars.
- You may know what Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night looks like at MoMA, but not the night sky right above you each day. Put aside your work and daily chores for a bit, and lie down with your children in the balcony — or in a camp outside if possible — to enjoy the darkness, the spring breezes, and the stars. And if the weather is nice, maybe you can even see the milky way and the constellations. Are you feeling that awe of nature?
- Hide-and-seek is exciting, but what’s more exciting is hide-and-seek in the dark. Without clear sight, you and your children would need to listen (and even smell) to find one another. Make sure you’re in a safe room with enough space to move around!
Hold a family poetry recitation contest.
- “The dark night gave me dark eyes, but I use them to seek the light.” Sounds good? Maybe your child turns out to be an even more talented poet. Darkness is often inspiring, and you as a parent can be inspiring as well by giving your child the opportunity to start writing and imagining. Dearest also features quite a few providers that have creative and literary specialties, and they are always ready to help you achieve that.
Play board games with candlelight.
- Board games are always a good pastime, and candlelight creates a dramatic environment where you and your children can ruminate on your king, queen, knights, and bishops in a chess game. In fact, board games such as chess greatly stimulate children’s intellectual development.
Look at old picture albums and tell stories.
- Candlelight also goes well with a bit of nostalgia. Remember when you were a child? Share your stories with your kids by flipping through old picture albums; your children would definitely appreciate it to get to know you better.
Meditate or practice mindfulness.
- Last but not least, one hour with lights turned off is a perfect time to practice meditation and mindfulness! Darkness is very powerful in encouraging introspection. Take a deep breath, and think quietly with your loved ones.