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Earth Hour 2011 in Bandung, Indonesia. Photo by Jody Spectrum

What are you doing this Saturday? Whatever it is, try doing it in the dark to celebrate Earth Hour—the annual global campaign that challenges the world to shut down electronics for one hour to raise awareness about energy use Last year’s campaign was its most successful yet—hundreds of millions of people in 135 countries powered down for one hour to show their support for the planet. This year’s theme “I Will If You Will”, hopes to encourages people to “go beyond the hour” by daring their friends, family, and people all over the world, to do something for the planet.

Here, a few fun ways your family can spend Earth Hour this year:

  • Throw an Earth Hour party. One of the main goals behind Earth Hour is to help spread awareness about global warming and energy use, and what better way to do that than to invite friends and family over to spend Earth Hour with you? Unplug TVs and computers, play in-the-dark games (flash light tag, anyone?) and have everyone bring a no-bake snack. Plus, this is a great opportunity to get talk to your child about why climate change is important, and get him thinking about what he can do for the planet all year long.
  • Set up camp. If it’s warm enough, pitch a tent outside and spend the evening under the stars, telling stories and playing games (maybe even build a campfire and make s’mores!). To chilly? Bring the campout inside: Lay out sleeping bags in the living room, and make a fort out of bed sheets to sleep under.
  • Pledge for the planet. Have everyone in the family write down two or three eco-minded goals they can work on over the next year, or one big change the whole family can work on together. Put your resolutions somewhere you can see them all year long, then see how you did next year.

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