You can do a lot in the dark for 60 minutes. We've got suggestions on getting involved and having fun at the same time.

By Family Circle Editors
Photo courtesy of World Wildlife Fund

If you're looking for small ways to help improve the environment and conserve energy, consider participating in Earth Hour this week. Here's how you can get involved.

First, what is Earth Hour?

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), "Earth Hour is an event where millions of people, businesses, and landmarks from around the world turn off their lights to show solidarity in the fight against climate change." It's scheduled for March 24, 2018, at 8:30 pm local time.

How do I get involved?

Here are some suggestions, courtesy of the WWF:

Work up a sweat.

Raise your heart rate with a candlelight session of your favorite workout with friends.

Take a hike.

Familiar with one of your local trails? Bring your town together for a flashlight or lantern guided hike. Take in the terrain, gaze at the stars, listen to nature around you and have a snack waiting for your group at the end.

Take in the sights.

Spot the landmarks around you are participating in Earth Hour. Hundreds of the world’s most iconic landmarks, from the Empire State Building, to the Eiffel Tower and the Sydney Opera House participate in Earth Hour. This year, take a walk around your town or city and try to see which buildings switched off their lights for the planet.

Make art in the dark.

Unleash your inner artist and use Earth Hour to try your hand at creating in the dark. From painting your friend’s face as their favorite animal, to drawing images of the wildlife and nature you love, have a wow or a laugh when you turn back on the lights.

Host a dinner party.

Invite your loved ones over for a potluck dinner to be enjoyed by candlelight. Consider asking people make sustainably sourced dishes to share and encourage everyone take home leftovers to reduce food waste

Got any ideas? We'd love to hear how you participated.