Get your souvenir Earth Hour 2019 Planet Passport

Ready to join us for Earth Hour 2019? This year there is a special souvenir of the event: your very own Planet Passport. Pick up your Passport at any of the four H4A events on Saturday 30th March and get it stamped to show you were one of the millions world-wide who took part. There’s a space to write your personal Planet Pledge: something you can do to help slow down climate change.

Open up the Passport to see the global map. But the really cool bit happens when you download the FREE Zappar App on to your smart phone. Then point your phone at the code on the passport and you’ll get animations, music, photos and loads of information about different species around the world – species that we could lose if we don’t change our way of life.

Grab your Passport on Saturday 30 March here:

10.00 – 12.00 Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar.
Crane making, floating gardens, storytelling and lantern making

12.00 – 14.00 Blaenavon World Heritage Centre.
Crane making, world diet and eco-friendly foods, storytelling and lantern making.

15.00 – 17.00  Cyfarthfa Park & Castle:
Crane making, duck food making, penguin trail, storytelling and lantern making.

18.45 – 20.30 Parc Penallta, Ystrad Mynach
Crane making, lantern parade, live music, storytelling.

Then at 8.30pm switch off your lights for an hour.

Earth Hour is a WWF initiative and WWF Cymru say

“we are the first generation to know we are destroying the world and we could be the last that can do anything about it. Together, our actions and the power of our voices can bring about change.”

Earth Hour – What’s your Planet Pledge?

As Earth Hour approaches – the annual global switch off of lights – we are asking you to think about one thing you could change to help slow down climate change. We know that radical change is needed at a global government level. But there is also a power in the daily commitments made by each one of us.

At our workshops in the run up to Earth Hour at 8.30pm on Saturday 30th March, we are showing people how to make origami cranes. Adults and children are writing their pledge on their paper crane. We are aiming for 1,000 cranes to string up at the lantern event at Parc Penallta, Ystrad Mynach at 6.45pm on Saturday. Traditionally, it was believed that if you folded 1,000 origami cranes, your wish would come true.

What might you pledge to change? Here’s some ideas:

  • Take public transport at least once a week
  • Switch to non-dairy milk
  • Put on a jumper instead of turning up the heating
  • Save water by flushing less at home (“if it’s yellow let it mellow; if it’s brown flush it down.”)
  • Go meat-free at least one day a week
  • Take this year’s holiday near to home and travel there by train
  • Save water by washing your clothes less often
  • Plant a herb garden
  • Carry your own bamboo spoon and fork so you don’t need plastic cutlery at lunch time

To get involved, put 30th March in your diary and come to your nearest event: Parc Bryn Bach, Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, Cyfarthfa Park or Parc Penallta. Times and locations are on this website.  Or you could get making your cranes at home – recycled paper only! We think it’s a therapeutic mindful activity.  Watch this short video to see how the origami is done.

Earth Hour 2019

Four creative and community events across the Eastern Valleys will encourage people to turn off the lights for one hour to show their concern for the planet. Head4Arts is spearheading activities on Saturday 30th March.

Earth Hour community activities

Parc Bryn Bach
Merthyr Rd, Tredegar, NP22 3AY

Saturday 30th March 2019

10am – 12 noon

Head4Arts: crane making, floating gardens, storytelling and lantern making.

Partners: H4A, Aneurin Leisure, Blaenau Gwent CBC, WWF Cymru
To get involved go to www.head4arts.org.uk, email info@head4arts.org.uk or phone 01495 357816

 

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

Church Rd, Blaenavon, NP4 9AS

Saturday 30th March 2019

12 noon – 2pm

Head4Arts: crane making, world diet and eco-friendly foods, storytelling and lantern making.

Partners: H4A, Torfaen CBC, Menu for Life, WWF Cymru

To get involved go to www.head4arts.org.uk, email info@head4arts.org.uk or phone 01495 357816

 

Cyfarthfa Park and Castle

Brecon Rd, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8RE

Saturday 30th March 2019

3pm – 5pm

Head4Arts: crane making, duck food making, penguin trail, storytelling and lantern making.

Partners: H4A, Wellbeing@Merthyr, Parent Network Merthyr Tydfil, WWF Cymru

To get involved go to www.head4arts.org.uk, email info@head4arts.org.uk or phone 01495 357816

 

Parc Penallta
Penallta Rd, Ystrad Mynach, CF82 7GN

Saturday 30th March 2019

6.45pm – 8.30pm

Head4Arts: crane making, lantern parade, live music, storytelling.

Partners: H4A, Caerphilly CBC, Caerphilly Parent Network, WWF Cymru

To get involved go to www.head4arts.org.uk, email info@head4arts.org.uk or phone 01495 357816

 

Photo credit : Mark Lewis, WWF Cymru

The Exhibition in a Box is now on the road

After four years of thoughtful commemoration of the First World War, we have distilled the memories into a travelling trunk which opens up to reveal a series of keepsake boxes. Each box contains authentic artefacts such as postcards, service records, a horse shoe and a whistle.

These objects can be handled and have been carefully chosen to promote a deeper understanding of the conflict. A heritage specialist is on hand at a series of community events, to provide background information such as an explanation of the Death Penny, a bronze memorial plaque sent to the families of men and women who had lost their lives between 1914-18.

Some of the objects have zapcodes attached so that the viewer can have a multi-sensory experience. By using a simple phone app, participants can watch digital stories about people from the Valleys, listen to WW1 music, read online articles and experience remembrance services.

“The theme of the boxes is the different types of silence,” said H4A project manager Bethan Lewis. “There’s silence as an act of remembrance, silence as a form of protection, silence as a consequence of trauma and silence of dissent. We hope that the boxes will stimulate discussion and spark the imagination.”

The project has been supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Objects and stories have been gathered with the support of heritage partners Gwent Archives, Glamorgan Archives, the Winding House, Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery, and Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales.

Workshops led by the historian have been held with community members and school children. These have produced creative work which will be exhibited at the end of the project and will be available online in a digital format to help others learn about the far-reaching aftermath of the conflict.

“This is amazing if you don’t really know or understand what they went through in the war.”
“A very thought-provoking exhibition.”
Comments from participants.

Fold a paper crane to show your support for a healthy planet

In Japan, the crane is a mystical creature and is believed to live for a thousand years. As a result, in the Japanese, Chinese and Korean culture, the crane represents good fortune and longevity.

Many Japanese people make origami cranes. The Japanese word, ‘origami’ is a combination of two words in Japanese: ‘ori’ which means ‘to fold’ and ‘kami’ which means ‘paper.’ It is believed that Japanese origami began in the 6th century and because of the high costs of paper, origami was only used for religious ceremonial purposes.

Traditionally, it was believed that if one folded 1,000 origami cranes, one’s wish would come true. It has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times. As a result, it has become popular to fold 1,000 cranes (in Japanese, called ‘senbazuru’). The cranes are strung together on strings and given as gifts.

Earth Hour is a global activity and Head4Arts wanted to do something which reflected its connection with the rest of the world. We are hope that, by doing joining in with Earth Hour, we will help the good fortune and longevity of the planet.

Switching the lights off for an hour is a symbolic act to show our concern about climate change. We at Head4Arts will be asking people to go a step further: to make a personal pledge to change one thing that could help reduce climate change. We are asking people to write that pledge on each crane that they fold.
To get involved, put 30th March in your diary and come to your nearest event: Parc Bryn Bach, Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, Cyfarthfa Park or Parc Penallta. Times and locations are on this website. Or you could get making your cranes at home – recycled paper only! Watch this short video to see how the origami is done.

With thanks to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre for information on cranes.