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.