Every year at 8:30pm local time on the last Saturday of March, people in more than 190 countries unite in switching off the lights for one hour. Earth Hour is all about inspiring people to take better care of the planet. It's a symbol of solidarity and also a catalyst for change. See www.earthhour.org for more information.
Spend this hour mindfully: take time to reconnect with nature, talk to your loved ones, or reflect and pray.
Prayer for our Earth
you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
(Pope Francis, from Laudato Si’)