As Earth Hour 2017 gets closer, here are some ideas for making 1 hour last a lot longer than just 60 minutes. Allow us to explain…

60 minutes. It’s not that long is it? You could watch half a film, give the living room a bit of a clean, or make some progress with the book that’s sitting unread on your bedside table.

But what if you were able to make 60 minutes last much, much longer? There is a way.

Do something that only takes 60 minutes, but has a truly long-lasting impact.

With Earth Hour 2017 coming soon, and in the spirit of maximising time, we’ve already found some things you can do to make the most of 60 minutes.

Earth Hour 

Short term

You save 60 minutes’ worth of energy and play a part in showing support for action on climate change.

Long term

WWF’s Earth Hour takes place at 8:30PM sharp on 25 March. It started in 2007 as a ‘lights-off’ event in Sydney, Australia, but in the decade that’s followed, it’s grown to become one of the largest environmental movements in the world. Everyone is urged to switch their lights off for the hour, and play their part in creating a positive environmental impact.

But the hour is just the start. By taking part, you aren’t just giving your bulbs a break – you’re playing a part in a global movement. Millions of people will be taking part, meaning billions of minutes of energy saved.  Plus, by joining in and helping to spread the word, you’re promoting an invaluable message about the importance of protecting our fragile planet.

 Once you’ve managed an hour’s switch-off, it’s a bit easier to sneak in small changes that can have a positive impact in your daily life – like turning off your electrical appliances at the socket when they’re not in use, giving up your old bulbs for new LED ones & commuting responsibly by using public transport,  bikes or walking whenever possible.

Switch off and take part this Earth Hour


Short term

Get outside and try something new (for free!) for 60 minutes.

Long term

Being outside in your local park and getting a little bit active is a sure-fire way to get your endorphins flowing, which is a great way to make you feel happier! But taking part in different ParkLives activities can have a bigger impact than just feeling good for an hour.

ParkLives isn’t just here to host activities at parks around Britain; it’s here to bring communities together and encourage people to enjoy new experiences and maybe make some new friends along the way. Head to an activity near you and you could meet people from right around the corner that you’ve never spoken to before. 1 hour at ParkLives could lead to learning new skills, having a few belly-laughs or even just seeing your local park with completely new eyes.   

Everyone that takes part in ParkLives can get something different out of it. Last year we spoke to Richard and Sue to see just how big an impact ParkLives has had on their lives.

See how ParkLives (and rounders) brought Richard closer to his family

Find out Grandmother Sue’s compelling reason to keep on running

Find a session near you at – more sessions and activities to be added from April onwards.

Special Olympics GB National Games

Short term

Donate 60 minutes of your time and help support inspiring athletes with intellectual disabilities

Long term

From 7-12th August, the Special Olympics GB National Games will be held in Sheffield – it’s the country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Over 2,600 athletes will come together to compete in a whole variety of Olympic sports and disciplines.  They work hard all year round to put the hours of training in for The Games. But the Games and training – at 150 Special Olympics Clubs across GB – wouldn’t be able to happen without the support of over 4,000 volunteers.

Take the time to volunteer – whether it’s as a coach, a driver, a first aider or just to provide general event support and to cheer on – and you’ll play your part in making Special Olympics year-round and the National Games a success. Taking part in Special Olympics doesn’t just improve the quality of daily life for the athletes through having fun, being active, making friends and being part of a community; it helps their families and encourages others to get involved.

Volunteer with Special Olympics GB

An hour can be so much more than just 60 minutes; you just have to make the most of it.