Activity Introduction

earth-hour-logo-260x300Quick summary: In this activity students plan and implement their school’s Earth Hour activities. They take collective action to reduce their school’s carbon footprint and help create positive change in their community. By teaching this lesson, you’ll be joining thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change.

earth-hour-160x160In 2017, WWF is celebrating 10 years of Earth Hour and 10 years of progress on changing climate change. Our actions on climate change will shape the future for our children. They know more about climate change than any other generation. And they have extraordinary views on what they want for their planet. You and your students can become a part of the movement and start to take action on climate change by visiting to register for Lights Out or find your local event. Take part and register for Earth Hour Schools Day on Friday the 24th March and don’t forget to switch off on Earth Hour, on Saturday 25th March 8:30-9:30pm. Switch off to #JoinTheFuture.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand the benefits of partaking in Earth Hour. 
  • Students build an understanding of the impacts of climate change.
  • Students use their project planning skills to organise their Earth Hour events. 

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Personal and social capability.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

This lesson can be used with all the learning areas of the Australian Curriculum. Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Time required: 1 – 3 lessons.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – help students when communicating with school leadership and other staff members. 

Resources required: Open space, white or blackboard, butcher paper.

Digital technology opportunities: Use the Earth Hour website to plan your event. 

Homework and extension opportunities: Students can organise an Earth Hour event for their household. Earth Hour is Saturday 19th March at 8.30.

Keywords: Fun, Earth Hour, project planning. 


Teacher Worksheet

lanterns-hero-260x300 copyTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students organise an Earth Hour event or activity. They take action to reduce their school’s carbon footprint and promote positive environmental behaviours.

Teacher content information: Earth Hour is a WWF-Australia initiative, which over the past 10 years has grown into the world’s largest community-driven campaign for the planet. At the centre of the campaign is the symbolic collective action of switching off the lights. Through this action, individuals, businesses, schools and communities join a visible statement of commitment to act on climate change. Participation remains a powerful reminder to our political leaders that there is ongoing concern and demand for the government to act on climate change.

This year Earth Hour is inviting kids around the country to share the news about climate change. From an early age, these kids have been taught to be active recyclers, aware of renewable power alternatives, and informed about the devas

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: What can you do to make a difference?


1. What is Earth Hour?

2. When is the next Earth Hour?

3. What does Earth Hour encourage people to do? 

4. Who can participate in Earth Hour?

You can study the Earth Hour website to help you with your answers:

Planning your Earth Hour Event 

In this activity your group will plan how to conduct an Earth Hour event and implement other creative ways to reduce the carbon footprint of the school. Think outside the box. There are many creative things your school can do to make a difference.

Action Plan

1. Brainstorm

As a group brainstorm some Earth Hour event ideas. Think about how you can reduce your carbon footprint and what ideas might encourage other people from the community to do the same. No idea is too big or small during this brainstorm. Once you have finished, organise the ideas into two columns - events you can do now and

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