Earth Hour

‘Take Time Out For Nature’ this Earth Hour

Get involved and switch off at 8:30pm Saturday 23 March 2024

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement that started in Sydney, Australia in 2007 by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF). This symbolic movement has since grown with many individuals, communities, businesses and landmarks participating annually including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the London Eye and the Eiffel Tower.

Camden Council has been proudly joining millions of people worldwide in this gesture of solidarity since 2013 by switching off for 60 minutes across various sites.  Council’s continued participation demonstrates our commitment to improving sustainability and raising awareness to the impacts of climate change.

If you would like to learn how you can turn lifestyle choices into global action, check out 

How can you make a difference in Camden?

1. Become a Bushcare volunteer

Bushland volunteers help regenerate and manage natural habitat areas. To find out how you can do your bit to help conserve the natural environment, click here

2. Sign up to the Sustainable Camden eNewsletter

Learn about some of our great environmental initiatives and events by signing up to our Sustainable Camden eNewsletter here.

3. Ensure your home is Built for Comfort

Building or renovating your home? Learn how to make simple and cost-effective design changes to improve the thermal comfort and running costs of your home. Click here for more information.

4. Be the Solution to Stormwater Pollution

Learn how small changes can have a positive impact on stormwater quality and take part in the Be the Solution to Stormwater Solution pledge here.

5. Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living

See sustainability in action at the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living. Click here for more information.

6. Install rooftop solar

Solar energy is a great way to reduce the emissions from your home. To find out whether solar is right for your home check out our video here, and download the Clean Energy Council’s Guide to installing solar for households.  

Are you a business and want to make a difference?

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important for consumers with the natural environment highly valued by Camden residents. Making a positive climate impact is easy so get involved this Earth Hour!

Looking for event ideas?

Earth Hour is a great way for your business to demonstrate commitment to the environment. Show your support for a sustainable future by getting creative in planning your own event or using one of the ideas below.

  • Turn off non-essential lights for one hour at 8:30pm for Earth Hour. Switch to minimal lighting (in accordance with your work health and safety policy) in your building and try to dim any internal lights that cannot be turned off.

  • Host a special candle-lit dinner with an Earth Hour themed menu (i.e. sustainable seafood and/or local cuisine).

  • How about Earth Hour Happy Hour? Offer your customers discounted or half price drinks between 8:30 – 9:30 pm. 

  • Offer a variety of sustainable and different “no-cook” or “raw” menu items that require less energy to cook.

  • Create a special ‘dark’ cocktail to celebrate the event. 

  • Invite local artists or musicians to play acoustic “unplugged” music in your restaurant to entertain guests while they eat by candlelight. 

  • Make Earth Hour a special VIP night and invite special customers or frequent visitors to your restaurant to enjoy this once-a-year event! 

  • Go local! Serve food provided by local businesses.

  • Own a coffee shop? Give discounts for people who bring their own reusable cup. 

  • Create sustainable hampers that can be picked up by residents and taken home for a candle lit dinner. 

  • Host a Natural World themed quiz night.