Tonight (Saturday, March 24) between 8:30 and 9:30pm, in each time-zone around the planet, the world will undergo a technology cleanse, known as Earth Hour.

Earth Hour started in Sydney in 2007 by the World Wildlife Fund as a symbolic, lights-out event—a way to raise awareness and take action to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

Eleven years later, Earth Hour is observed in over 170 countries, each taking a symbolic measure to help protect our wildlife. As said in 2015 by then-UN secretary General Ban Ki-moon:

“Earth Hour is a way for the citizens of the world to send a clear message that they want action on climate change.”

According to the event’s official website, the aim of Earth Hour 2018–2020 is to “spark never-before-had conversations on the loss of nature and the urgent need to protect it.”

Entire organisations and some historic buildings—like the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge, to name a few—have gone dark in the past in an attempt to unite in our duty to protect the earth.

This is Perth’s 10th Earth Hour—to contribute, the city’s Council House will be switching off their lights. The Perth city skyline will be photographed to record the event.

So, what can we do?

How can we help save our planet this Saturday?

How can we consume less excessive amounts of electricity?

What steps can we take to raise awareness?

It could be as simple as just laying in the dark, staring at the ceiling for an hour—or you could organise a candle-lit picnic in the middle of your living room.

But if you’re struggling for ideas, here are eight that you can try:

  1. Bust out old board games, dust them off and enjoy reminiscing about your childhood while you help to save nature.
  2. Have a romantic candle-lit dinner, with another fellow human being, or with yourself—both can be great company.
  3. Head outside and stare at the sky. Now is the perfect time, without all of that light pollution. Maybe get a group together and do a star counting competition.
  4. Have a lights-off party, organised by word of mouth, not Facebook (suggestion: include face painting and make a blind masterpiece).
  5. Cook a meal the good ol’ fashioned way—on a BBQ.
  6. Take a break from uni. We finally have an excuse for taking a break—we are saving the world, that assessment can wait a little.
  7. Don’t pick up your phone. Turn off every electricity-consuming utility you have and enjoy not being hounded by social media and the crippling knowledge of what our electricity consumption does to Earth.
  8. And for those afraid of the dark, head over to the Guild office and pick up a free candle.

Don’t forget to register your participation and tag any related posts with #cityofperth and #Connect2Earth.