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EarthHour2EarthDay: 27 Day Challenge

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Last Updated (Friday, 26 March 2021 19:17)

From Earth Hour to Earth Day

 

It is no longer just a theory... climate change and global warming is a reality. In fact, we are now entering a period of climate emergency.

The Challenge 21 implores us to: Defend God’s creation against all that would destroy it and preserving and protecting the earth’s resources for coming generations.

The APAY is committed to combat climate emergency and we are extending our invitation for you to join us. As they say, little drops of water make a mighty ocean.

For the next 27 days... from Earth Hour till Earth Day... we would to invite you to commit yourself to some small simple acts of personal mitigation and personal adaption for climate change.

Each evening, APAY will upload a challenge for us to commit for the following day. We hope you will join us in expressing your commitment to combat climate emergency. Let us all practice together to make a significant impact.

For our first act of commitment together, we will observe the call for Earth Hour. For one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., we will turn off all our lights and other non-essential electrical equipment as a symbol of commitment to the planet.

Please post pictures and reports of your personal acts of mitigation and adaptation for climate change to your FB page and add a hashtags to further propogate and promote our campaign. Our official campaign hashtag is #EarthHour2EarthDay .

You may also add other relevant hashtags eg. #noMeatToday , #GreenMonday etc.

 

 

Background:

Earth Hour is a global environmental movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) aiming to raise awareness and inspire people to take tangible action for the environment. The event is held annually encouraging individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights, for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. usually on the last Saturday in March, as a symbol of commitment to the planet. It was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. Since then, it has grown into one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment spanning over 7,000 cities and 190 countries and territories. The one-hour lights-out event continues to be the symbol of a broader commitment towards the health of the planet. Earth Hour 2021 aims to raise awareness and visibility of the interconnected challenges facing our planet - nature loss, climate change, health and pandemics. The call to action is for everyone to “Speak Up for Nature”.

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The proposal to honour the Earth was first proposed at a UNESCO conference and was later sanctioned in a proclamation by the United Nations in 1970. The first Earth Day was focused on the US but in 1990 it was promoted internationally with events organised in 141 nations. The Earth Day 2021 theme is Restore Our Earth and features five primary programs. The Canopy Project, Food and Environment, Climate Literacy, the Global Earth Challenge, and The Great Global CleanUp. Over 1 billion people in more than 193 countries are expected to participate in various events and activities coordinated globally.

 

10 Day Challenge Suggested Social Copy

Start this challenge on 17th March for a 10 day challenge leading up to Earth Hour!


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Before challenge: 17 March

When we come together, the impact can be monumental. Commit to earth-friendly acts, by taking part in our month-long #EarthHour challenge, starting tomorrow!. #Connect2Earth.

 

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Join us this #EarthHour as we commit to

  • Earth-friendly acts
  • Make more sustainable choices
  • Reduce our carbon footprint,
  • Conserve energy & resources and
  • ♻ Share the #Connect2Earth challenge starting tomorrow!

No. 1

18 March

Join the mission to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills. It starts with finding alternatives to disposable items.

Here’s how:

Invest in reusable coffee cups, bottles and cutlery for your takeaways

Use a canvas bag for groceries.

Use cloth instead of paper towels to clean your kitchen.

 

 

#EarthHour #Connect2Earth

No. 2

19 March

While buying groceries, visit your local organic farmers market, look for certifications and ask suppliers about the origins of your food. Make sure they have been sustainably sourced or produced.

Locally produced food have lower carbon footprint.

 

 

#EarthHour #Connect2Earth

No. 3

20 March

Recycle whenever possible at your nearest collection point.

Newspapers, magazines, catalogues, even paper egg cartons, can ALL be recycled!

When buying paper products, be sure to look for labels like 'recycled' and 'FSC'.

 

 

#EarthHour #Connect2Earth

No. 4

21 March

Instead of purchasing new items, reuse and upcycle your old items.

There are so many exciting ways to upcycle! Take it one step further and shop at thrift stores too! You'll be surprised at finding perfectly usable items at a fraction of the cost. Save money, save our planet.

 

 

#EarthHour #Connect2Earth

No. 5

22 March

Well-planned plant-based and green diets can support healthy living at every age.

Vegetables and fruits are an important part of a healthy diet and a variety is as important as quantity. Explore options like turning vegetarian for the day and or becoming a flexitarian.

 

 

#EarthHour #Connect2Earth

No. 6

23 March

Food for thought - globally we throw away 1/3 of all the food we buy.

Don’t buy more food than you need, and don't make more than you can finish.

Meal-planning can go a long way in reducing food waste. Better yet, challenge yourself to make a zero-waste meal as often as you can.

 

 

#EarthHour #Connect2Earth

No. 7

24 March

Become an active advocate, share this challenge and become a role model for others. Sign this pledge. https://earthhour.org/voice

 

 

#EarthHour #Connect2Earth

No. 8

25 March

Add a touch of green by buying a plant for your home and let it serve as a reminder of the beauty of nature and your commitment to live a little greener.

You can also plant a herb garden in your urban space, support local wildlife and participate neighbourhood clean ups around you.

Honour your parents or someone by planting a tree on their birthday!

 

 

#EarthHour #Connect2Earth

No. 9

26 March

Find new ways to reconnect with nature. Practice yoga, go for a run or discover new ways to take your exercising routines outdoors. Embrace the natural world around you.

 

 

#EarthHour #Connect2Earth

No. 10

27 March

Join millions around the world as we all switch off for #EarthHour and focus on our shared home, the issues we face, and our place within it all. Participate by sharing (Tag @EarthHour on Twitter, @EarthHour on Facebook, @earthhourofficial on Instagram)’s must-watch video with the rest of the world on 27th March at 8.30pm your local time. The power is in your hands!

 

 

Other Challenges

Use these challenges below to swap in/out with the 10 above to suit your local context and environment.

 

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Turn off the lights!

We all have the power. Use natural light as much as possible, and unplug unnecessary appliances when not in use.  Switching to energy-efficient appliances can also go a long way in saving money and saving our planet.

 

 

#EarthHour #Connect2Earth

Carpooling and public transport reduces the number of cars and vehicles on the road.  Fewer cars means less air pollution. This protects the environment by keeping the air, water, and land cleaner. Skip the car ride, bike  , walk , run to work  or use public transportation and carpooling services.

 

 

#EarthHour #Connect2Earth

Choosing to consume from ethical, sustainable and eco-friendly companies and brands is something we can all do to make a difference. Make more sustainable choices to help make our planet better, cleaner, and greener. Find alternatives to disposable items.

 

 

#EarthHour #Connect2Earth

DoYouKnow: The average bath uses 37 gallons of water? Simple choices in your daily routine can help save a lot of water. Here are some water-saving tips:

Take fewer baths

Take shorter showers

Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth

Switch to a low-flow shower head

 

 

#EarthHour #Connect2Earth

If you are concerned about the impact of palm oil on the environment, research

companies who use only sustainably sourced palm oil in their products.

 

 

#EarthHour #Connect2Earth

Watch the myriad of documentaries on Netflix about nature, the environment

and the food industry. Some of our favourites are

Food Inc.,

Amazing Planet,

Food Matters and of course

 

 

#OurPlanet

#EarthHour #Connect2Earth

Less is more. Switch to paperless bills and statements if possible and print less in the office. Purchase sustainably-sourced recycled paper if you have to, and be mindful each time you use a piece of paper.

 

 

#EarthHour #Connect2Earth

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, small efforts you take to volunteer can benefit you, your family, and your community enormously. Find a suitable organization that can help you reduce stress and connect with your local community. Give more, live more.

 

 

#EarthHour #Connect2Earth

Beyond buying little, let’s buy smarter—and the one concrete way to do this is to be conscious that it is not only better for the environment but it will also save money in the long run.

 

 

#EarthHour #Connect2Earth