Initially launched by the World Wildlife Foundation in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now celebrated every year across the globe by switching off the lights for an hour at 8:30pm on the last Saturday in March. This year the date falls on Saturday, March 25, so if you’re home, switch off those lights or otherwise head over to the West Kowloon Cultural District where lots of environment-related and family-friendly activities and workshops will be taking place!
Hong Kong started marking Earth Hour in 2009 with prominent landmarks around the city including the IFC, the Cultural Center, and the Tsing Ma Bridge going dark for an hour. By making these conscious steps and being mindful of the way we live, the WWF hopes to create sustainable change for the environment.
This year Earth Hour’s theme is “Habits Protect Habitats” and focuses on wetlands and giving more context to the “habits” that will help create positive change. An “Earth Hour Village” will be set up on Saturday 25 March in the West Kowloon Cultural District where the iconic lights-out ceremony will take place. There will also be a number of fun activities happening like workshops, a green market, education booths, and much more. Highlights include an aroma soy candle-making workshop, sea glass workshop and a sustainable bagel-making workshop, as well as discovering ec0-friendly activities to do around Hong Kong like a night safari in Mai Po, the Hoi Ha Wan ocean and coastal exploration and more.
Otherwise, the lights-off ceremony will also be broadcast live starting at 8pm, so you can follow the action here. To pledge your support or donate to the WWF click here.
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