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5 Ways to Take Part in Earth Hour 2013

The seventh annual Earth Hour takes place on 23 March at 20h30. Here at Steenberg, we believe that your 60 minute participation should be about more than simply turning off the lights. We’ve put our heads together and come up with 5 ways to take part in Earth Hour 2013.

How to have fun in the dark this Saturday:

Have a braai

Nothing beats a good old South African braai under the stars, with the glowing embers and smokey aromas creating the perfect ambience. What’s more, there’s no need to turn on a single appliance! Cook all of your meat and vegetables over the coals, served with fresh salads, and toss some sliced bananas and pineapples onto the grill for a deliciously caramelised braai dessert.

Carefree in the candlelight

Haul out the old boardgames or show-off your charades skills by candlelight. It’ll feel just like you’re on a camping trip, where the absence of electricity is one of the biggest attractions.

Make a virtual lantern

Not one for arts and crafts? Visit the Earth Hour website’s fun stuff page and create your very own virtual lantern: pick your shape, colour, decorations and flame.

Have a glowstick party

Invite friends round for a candlelit dinner or picnic. Tell everyone to come wearing glowsticks and offer a fun prize for the person who can wear the most glowsticks at once. You’ll be amazed at just how much light these little illuminators can produce en masse!

Write a letter

No electricity means no phone, no computer, no internet, no Facebook… and no, using your smartphone doesn’t count during Earth Hour! Take a sheet of paper and a pen, and write a letter to a far-away family member, friend or loved one. You’ll be surprised at how good it feels.

What will you be doing to take part in Earth Hour this year?

Earth Hour is not just an annual environmental event. It’s the single largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world. Now in its seventh year since the inaugural Earth Hour in Sydney 2007, the movement has gone beyond the 60 minutes and encourages people all over the world to celebrate our planet and commit to ensuring its preservation.

For more information about Earth Hour and how to participate, please visit their website.

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