8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2012 marks the 6th annual hour long black out in honor of Earth Hour. WWF-Australia began the tradition in Sydney in 2007 as 2.2 million individuals turned out their lights for an hour to take a stand against climate change. Last year 135 countries participated with hundreds of millions individuals turning off their power for one hour. See a video after the jump.

This year, the Earth Hour campaign is I Will If You Will. Hundreds of people have submitted videos to YouTube as dares for saving the planet. Some individuals have pledged to “Where whatever my daughter tells me to for a week,” if 5,000 people pledge to recycle in 2012. Someone will not speak for 2 weeks if 10,000 people pledge to go car free for a week. One woman will even swim with a great white shark if 10,000 people give up plastic bags and straws for 2012.

During Earth Hour, you can find community events to celebrate the black out or you can create your own. If you are staying home, here are some ideas of what you can do during the hour:

  • Read a book by candlelight (we recommend beeswax or soy candles)
  • Sit outside and roast marshmallows
  • Camp out in your backyard or living room
  • Stargaze (Venus is visible right now too!)
  • Play a board game by candlelight
  • Write in a journal by candlelight
  • Have family time and tell stories
  • Play hide and seek in the dark with glow sticks
  • Eat dinner or snacks in the dark and try to guess what it is

+ Earth Hour

+ “I Will If You Will” Earth Hour

+ Earth Hour Kids