Earth Hour is back! This Saturday (Mar 28), between 8.30 and 9.30pm local time, everyone is asked to turn off the lights so as to conserve energy and raise environmental awareness. For those of us who regularly forget to top up our electricity Earth Hour may come more than once a year, and last longer than a hour, but this is the real deal.

The hour is organized by the World Wildlife Fund, and as well as raising awareness of climate change, it is your chance to show your commitment to the cause, which is especially important considering the huge threat that a shifting climate poses in China.

Special Earth Hour Evening
The Waldorf Astoria in Beijing will show its support through a special evening of cocktails and pass-around canapés. The mixologists at Peacock Alley have designed two special drinks, Fog and Lost Oasis, both RMB 68. As for the canapés, think foie gras and black truffle stuffed macaroons, focaccia nibbles with caviar, mayonnaise and strawberry. There is also buy-one-get-one-free between 8.30 and 9.30pm. While it doesn’t really scream conservation and environmental protection, it does sound fun. Free. 8.30-9.30pm. Waldorf Astoria Beijing

Earth Hour Sleepover 2015
The Brickyard Inn is turning off their lights between 8.30-9.30pm along with people all over the world to send a message of environmental conservation. Enjoy candlelight in your room, or join everyone else staying over in the Lodge for complimentary Schoolhouse liqueurs. The package includes private transfer to/from Beijing for two people, a superior queen Great Wall view room, a bottle of Prosecco sparkling wine, breakfast for two, and two 60-minute Chinese massages. Check the event listing linked in the title for more information on how to book your stay. RMB 2,488. The Brickyard Inn and Retreat Center at Mutianyu Great Wall

Calling for a Champion of the Earth
Hilton hotels worldwide are celebrating Earth Hour and using the occasion to appeal to millions of people across the world to switch of the lights for one hour and raise awareness for the planet. Other perks are buy-one-get-one-free on cocktails, a painting exhibition, earth-shaped cake cutting, green belts and handicraft displays. Free. 6-9.30pm. Hilton Beijing Capital Airport

Earth Hour at Capital M
Capital M is turning out the lights and serving by candlelight for the hour (what else?), and since the theme is climate change, they’re also tackling food waste by encouraging people to finish all their food by offering free dessert to those who do. Yum. Free. 8.30-9.30pm. Capital M

If you don't fancy doing any of these things, just make sure you turn off your lights for that hour (and whenever you don't need them in general would also be splendid). That's the least we can do for our planet.

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