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.”
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.