Tips, tools and activities for Earth Hour to join SailGP in our Race for the Future

26 MARCH 2021News

The Earth has given humanity millions of years... it’s time we repay the favor.

The fight against climate change is not a simple one; there are no easy solutions and building a greener and more sustainable future will take time.

But even the smallest person can make a huge difference - and a change as simple as just turning out the lights can be like small stones that start the avalanche to a brighter future.

And Earth Hour 2021, on Saturday, March 27 at 8:30pm local time, is the perfect time to flick the switch in the fight against climate change.

A movement followed around the globe, Earth Hour sees millions of people worldwide switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about the future of our planet.

Before and during Earth Hour, there are numerous ways you can get involved to further the cause for a brighter future, from joining a community event to cooking a meat-free meal - and SailGP staff will be doing these very things on a company-wide Recharge Day.

As the business switches off for a day on Friday, March 26, staff have been encouraged to think about their actions to fight climate change and live more sustainably as part of our Race for the Future initiative.

SailGP is powered by nature and driven by purpose, as we use our global platform to accelerate change to a cleaner and more inclusive future. We have delivered and will continue to deliver actions and innovations that advance the global adoption of clean energy, with SailGP’s Recharge Day allowing staff the time to focus on their own actions to create a better tomorrow.

And there are also ways you can get involved before and during Earth Hour, to join SailGP in our Race for the Future.

BEFORE EARTH HOUR

SailGP staff are being encouraged to partake in various sustainable activities during our Recharge Day on Friday, with the focus on thinking about how one's actions can change the planet for the better.

Feel free to join staff in going for a walk and appreciating the natural world around you, or perhaps collect some rubbish bags and go litter picking. Talking about your plans may even convince others to go litter picking as well, with more and more waste prevented from reaching our rivers and oceans.

Maybe you wish to educate yourself on the climate crisis and changes that can be made to live a more sustainable life. So sit down with a book - we recommend Greta Thunberg’s No One is Too Small to Make a Difference and Turning the Tide on Plastic by Lucy Siegle - or maybe a documentary, perhaps David Attenborough’s ‘witness statement’ A Life on Our Planet.

If you don’t have time for one of the above activities, fear not. Just remember to switch the lights off when you leave the room, or maybe replace your existing light bulbs with energy saving LED bulbs - these are simple activities, but even the smallest step in the right direction is still a step in the right direction.

DURING EARTH HOUR

The key activity of Earth Hour is switching off your lights for one hour on Saturday, March 27 at 8:30pm local time, and there are plenty of other things you can do as well.

The most simple is to turn off not just the lights - but turn off all your devices and have a digital detox. Not only does this benefit the environment, but it’s also good for your mental health!

With your digital life tucked away for an hour, now is the time to get outside and absorb yourself in our miraculous planet. When did you last stargaze with no distractions, or go for a nighttime walk? You’ll be surprised just how different the natural world is when it gets dark, so this is an experience not to be missed!

If you can’t get outside for Earth Hour, maybe look at ways to instead be sustainable indoors. The lights are off so use candles for any activities - and bonus points if your activities use only recycled materials!

And if you get hungry during Earth Hour, head to the kitchen and knock up a meat-free meal by candlelight. Having even only ONE meat-free day every week is great for your health and even better for the environment, so what better time to start cutting down on your meat intake than Earth Hour.