Family Challenge #2: One Hour No Power

Article by Can Geo Education

This challenge has been created to get you and your family thinking about how much you use power and what you can do without it. 

Welcome to the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge’s second Family Challenge! This challenge can be done with your family—whether you have children, cats, dogs, roommates or just you. It has been created to get you and your family thinking about how much you use power and what you can do without it. Anyone who participates will be entered to win a Canadian Geographic prize pack worth an approximate retail value of $300! 


Families can participate in this challenge from Monday March 22, 2021 until Tuesday April 6, 2021 at noon (EST).


  1. This challenge is easy—simply spend one hour without any power!
    That means turning off the lights, television, tablets and video games! Your family can decide when they would like this hour to be, but a good time to join in would be during Earth Hour on Saturday, March 27, 2021, 8:30-9:30 p.m. (your local time). What would you like to do with your family during that hour: Play a board game by candlelight, read, do crafts, write stories? How can your family unplug for an hour?

  2. Let us know what your family did for the hour without power and take a picture of how you prepared before you started the hour (include yourselves in the photo if you like). Submit your picture and what you did by contacting us at [email protected] or leave a reply to our Family Challenge #2 social media posts on Twitter (@Energy_Lit or @CanGeoEdu) or Facebook and Instagram (@CanGeoEdu), using #EnergyDietChallenge. Entries must be received before noon (EST) on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.


A random draw will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 6, 2021. The winner will be notified the same day by 5:00 p.m. (EST). The winner will receive a prize pack from Canadian Geographic with an approximate retail value of $300. Prizes will be delivered via courier shortly after the prize draw. 

To be eligible to compete in the Family Challenges, the person submitting must be a resident of Canada over the age of 18. Consult the Rules and Regulations prior to submitting. 


Please direct questions to [email protected].