Light for the Earth 2020

We invite all ENO students and teachers around the world to switch on the light to the future with us. Join us on 4 December 2020 at 5 p.m. your local time!

How to participate?

  1. Register to the event (Registration form)
  2. Recreate the lyrics of the song Imagine (Listen to the song)
  3. Make a lantern. (See the instructions) Or, you can construct any other type of a light, if it is easier for you. You can make as many lanterns as you want. Each classroom or each student may do their own.
  4. If, because of Covid, your school is closed or you will not be able to go out in a group, each student can make their own little light and switch it on at home – remember to send us the photo.
  5. Hang the lantern in a tree in the schoolyard or in a public park if possible.
  6. Prepare a short event. If possible, invite parents and local community. Make sure you follow proper security measures and wear masks! The outdoor event should begin at 5.00 PM local time. At 5:30, you switch on the lights.
  7. Take a photo of your light and the event and post it on ENO Teachers -Facebook page OR Light for the Earth -Facebook event page, together with the lyrics of IMAGINE in your language and its translation into English. If you performed the song, please put your video on YouTube and send us the link. Do not forget to tell us who you are and where you are from!

All active participating schools and mentors will receive participation certificates.


Register by 20 November 2020.

Imagine by John Lennon

Nearly five decades ago, John Lennon and Yoko Ono wrote the song “Imagine”. Its lyrics encourage listeners to imagine a world at peace without borders and any divisions.

How would its lyrics sound in 2020? What does the young generation imagine today?

We encourage the students to recreate the lyrics and express their hopes, fears and dreams for the future. You can write in your mother tongue or in English, in whichever you find it easier to express. It would be great if you follow the melody, so that you can also perform the song.

Enjoy last year’s fantastic lanterns also in the video with the beautiful Mika’s music Silent Steps: 

How to make a lantern?   

You need:
2m of wire / a piece of fabric 2m x 1m /4m of ribbon /a needle, thread and strong tape

  1. Cut the wire in half (1m each), bend it and make two circles. Fasten the circle with strong tape.
  2. Cut the fabric 1 m wide and 2 m long. The fabric can be any color you want, just make sure it has no patterns and it is transparent.
  3. Write the chosen words on the fabric. The text should be written by hand and in your mother tongue.
  4. When finished sew the fabric longwise.
  5. Sew the fabric around the metal circles at the top and at the bottom of the lantern.
  6. Cut the ribbon into 4 pieces. Fasten them on 4 spots at the top of the lantern. Make a knot or end it with a hook.
  7. Hang something at the bottom of the lantern to make it heavier: ribbons, pom poms, branches, wood, shoes … It can be anything, just use your imagination!
  8. Lanterns are lit with LED lights. Hang a battery powered clear LED light (single or strands) from the ribbon at the top, so it will glow at night. You can also use solar light or electricity if easier.
  9. Hang the lantern in the tree and make sure it is switched on every day through December.