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9 things to do in the dark - Earth Hour 2019

Starting as a symbolic lights out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action for our planet and nature. 92 countries and regions around the world have now made the pledge for Earth Hour to show the world what can be done to fight climate change, with Honduras the latest nation to have official Earth Hour recognition. Last year 88 countries got involved in the lights out event. With confirmation that the Tokyo Tower in Tokyo and Brandenburg Gate in Berlin will both turn off their lights for Earth Hour, all members of the G20 are now taking part in the event. As the Thought team prepare to join in, see what things we'll be getting up to in the 60 minutes of dark in 2019:

Host a candlelit dinner

[caption id="attachment_37702" align="alignnone" width="467"] Photo credit: Lobster and Swan[/caption] Candles should always be a dinnertime staple, but why not create extra ambience for Earth Hour. Invite loved ones or have an intimate dinner for two, Earth Hour is also a perfect opportunity to try out a new vegan dish.

Relax in a warm bath

[caption id="attachment_37703" align="alignnone" width="560"] Photo credit: Malmo and Moss[/caption] After a hectic week one of the best things to do is unwind, try prepping a homemade beauty treatment and spend an hour giving yourself some well deserved TLC.


[caption id="attachment_37704" align="alignnone" width="560"] Photo credit: Pinterest[/caption] One for those outside of London's light polluted skies! Gather together comfy blankets and pillows, along with some hot drinks to stay warm.

Sage your living space

[caption id="attachment_37712" align="alignnone" width="700"] Photo credit: cabine mode[/caption] Saging your living space is an amazing and simple why to reset your home's energy, the ancient practice changes the composition of the air by removing negative energy whilst generating wisdom and clarity. Explore this how to guide to start your spiritual healing.

Play boardgames

[caption id="attachment_37706" align="alignnone" width="500"] Photo credit: Sofia Vendela[/caption] A fun way to pass the time with adults and children alike. There are more and more card and board games on the market now, so it's easier than ever to find your perfect game.

Make art

One way to make the most of Earth Hour whilst also flexing your creative muscles is creating art. You could do this by candlelight for an calmly watercolour hour or use the dark to create an abstract painting. Make a tradition to do this every year and develop your own collection of art dedicated to the Earth.

Plant kitchen herbs

[caption id="attachment_37708" align="alignnone" width="467"] Photo credit: Rock My Style[/caption] Maintaining you're own kitchen herb garden helps you become a better horticulturist and a better cook. Start simply with easy herbs like mint, thyme, oregano and basil then once you're feeling more confident move on to herbs like tarragon, bay and rosemary.

Read a book

[caption id="attachment_37709" align="alignnone" width="700"] Photo credit: Brave Literary World[/caption] There are few pleasures greater than digging into a good book. Use your Earth Hour to get to know new stories or reintroduce yourself to some old friends. Spending your Earth Hour with family? Why not conduct a reading of your favourite childhood novels?

Do a deep clean

[caption id="attachment_37710" align="alignnone" width="467"] Photo credit: Assunta Elizabeth[/caption] The first step to a clear mind is a clear space! Take the time to create your own organic cleaning products. Explore Assunta Elizabeth's guide to homemade recipes.

Practice yoga

[caption id="attachment_37714" align="alignnone" width="700"] Photo credit: Namaste Hannah[/caption] Get active by practicing your best yoga moves. Create a comfortable space by moving furniture away from a peaceful spot. Add candles, incense and relaxing music to spend your hour to develop a true state of relaxation. How will you spend your Earth Hour? Join us in the comments.

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