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Take part in Earth Hour 2024

21 March 2024

Every year, millions of people around the world come together, at 8.30pm local time on a Saturday in March, to observe Earth Hour, a symbolic event that highlights the importance of environmental conservation and sustainable living.

Since its creation in 2007, Earth Hour, which is organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), has been known for its "lights off" moment. As landmarks and homes across the world switch off, supporters are also invited to symbolically switch off and 'Give an hour for Earth', spending 60 minutes doing something - anything - positive for our planet. In 2023, over 410,000 hours were given to our planet by supporters in 190 countries and territories, representing 90% of the planet, making it the Biggest Hour for Earth.

This year Earth Hour takes place on Saturday, 23 March and there are lots of great ideas of how you can get involved.

Ideas for taking part

As well as turning off non-essential lights at home WWF has developed the Hour Bank, a new online interactive tool, to help everyone, everywhere to find the most enjoyable ways to give an hour for Earth. Whether it is a mindful walk through the woods to bask in the smell of air, feel the earth, and take in the sounds or engaging in a home scavenger hunt to identify and swap out unsustainable products with eco-friendly alternatives, there are myriad options to choose from.

The Hour Bank provides a list of activities and events based on participants' lifestyle interests and preferences, from food and fitness to art and entertainment.

For inspiration visit the WWF Hour Bank.

Recommendations from The Mersey Forest Team

Take a walk in the woods – for inspiration local to home why not visit the things to do section of our website and discover walks and bike rides in our area.

Join a volunteering group – research volunteering or friends of groups in the area and schedule in some time to join your local group to give back to nature in your area. We have a list of local groups on our website.

Sign up for one of our Natural Health Service courses – Our courses for spring have just been published online and provide a range of options to help you boost your wellbeing in the surroundings of our beautiful parks, woodlands and greenspaces.

Find out more about trees and nature – spend time at home, learning more about nature by reading a book about trees or nature. Read our guide about nature based books. 

Donate to The Mersey Forest – help us to plant more trees, grow the Mersey Forest and help the local community by making a donation.

Playing our part every day

Whilst Earth Hour is a great event that shows global unity in the fight against climate change, it is important that we can continue this momentum to help protect the planet throughout the year. By incorporating eco-friendly actions into our daily lives, we can all contribute to building a more healthy and sustainable future for our planet. Whether it's reducing our energy use, taking part in conservation sessions, or planting a tree, every action, no matter how small, has the potential to make a difference.

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