SURINAME’S EARTH HOUR ACTIVITIES 2016
‘Make your own world light’
In the two weeks prior to Earth Hour on March 19th, 2016, the action ‘Make You Own World Light’ will be held. During this activity, the ‘Earth Hour Team’ will visit twenty schools in Paramaribo-Center. Every pupil will be guided in making their own world light. The goal is to have all pupils take their worldlight with them to the Independence Square on March 19, where Earth Hour will be celebrated.
During Earth Hour, when it is dark outside, the Independence Square will be filled with al these ‘world light’. This way everyone contributes in this activity.
By taking part in a workshop, the pupils learn how to make their own world light out of a recycled plastic bottle. Students of the Nola Hatterman Art Academy will be assisting.
Besides from 120 school classes, we will also invite scouting groups to participate in this activity and make thier own world light. Scout leaders can pick up their creative package at The Back Lot office and get started making their world lights with their group.
On Earth Hour Day, March 19th 2016, all other children and adults have the unique opportunity to make their own world light at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy, so that later that evening, they too can ‘let their light shine’.
More than 3600 fourth, fifth and sixth grade children from elementary schools in Paramaribo Center will be involved in the ‘Make Your Own World Light’ – workshop. That is around 180 pupils per school. We will visit 20 schools, that will make a total of 3600 pupils.
All pupils must bring a used 0,5L PET-fles and a piece of cardboard from their home. The advantage is that they will not throw away this bottle, even if it is just one, but they recycle. Even the cardboard from for example an old box is recycled this way.
The Earth Hour Team will take care of all the material needed to make the ‘word light’, such as paint, rope, sponges and a LED-light.
Through a small puncture in the bottle cap, the LED-light is attached on a piece of rope and hung inside the plastic bottle. During Earth Hour on March 19, every child brings its own, home-made world light.
The bottles are painted with the Earth Hour colours blue, green, yellow and white and decorated with little works of art such as trees, plants, the globe etc.
Ten days before the Earth Hour event, from Monday, March 7th until Friday, March 18th 2016, two schools will be visited every day, with a total of twenty schools.
We assume that every school has two classes of every grade, which means that in every school a total of six classes will be able to attend a workshop, with thirty pupils in each class.
The duration of the workshop per class is 60 minutes. Every Earth Hour Team will spend approximately 2,5 hours at a school. The team consists of an ‘environmental expert’ from WWF, Suriname Conservation Foundation, the Global Shapers and other evironmental organizations along with 3 workshop supervisors (students of the Nola Hatterman Art Academy). In an introduction, the environmental expert explains to the pupils why it is so important that we treat our environment well. Two Earth Hour Teams will be working simultaneously on two different schools.
The program will be as follows:
-Introduction by environmental expert: paint the bigger picture, introduce Earth Hour interaction with pupils, introduce world light (10 – 15 min)
-Make the world lights (45 min):
* painting plastic bottles
* puncturing the cap
* attach Led-light
* cleaning up and rounding off
Giant Earth Ball Relay Walk
The pre-schoolers are not forgotten in this project. While the upper-level classes are busy participating in the workshop, the fifth-graders will participate in a globe delay walk. Pupils from the third and fourth grade will be invited to follow the group. This way, as many pupils as possible are involved.
Children, tomorrow’s future, carry the world on their shoulders, litteraly and symbollicaly, by carrying an enflated Giant Earth Ball. The children take the Giant Earth Ball to another school on foot in their neighbourhood and meet the pupils of this other school halfway. There they hand over the globe.
The Giant Earth Ball is carried through the city and will eventually arrive at the Independance Square on March 19.
Leading up to Earth Hour, the children and adults have the opportunity to make their own world light in the morning of March 19. This way, as many participants as possible get the chance to be present at the Independence Square, starting 20.30h.
The evening program begins with a World Light Walk through the center of Paramaribo. The scouting groups play an important role. We ring in Earth Hour at the Independence Square at exactly 20.30h.
18.00 Walk-in meeting point ‘Weest Paraat’ Weidestraat / E. Brumastraat
19.00 Scouts carry the world on their shoulders, participants join the group along the route
20.00 Final destination Independence Square
20.30 Start Earth Hour
21.30 Conclusion event
When we arrive at the Independence Square, the Giant Earth Ball will be placed on the square on a lightinstallation. The installation will be lighted up by energy-generating bycicles (provided by EBS).
With the use of World Lights of the participants we all try to portray Earth Hour or something similar on the Independence Square. A top-shot and a film will be made of this activity.