On Saturday 29th March at 8.30pm individuals, families and organisations will be taking part in Earth Hour – one hour in the year when WWF asks us to switch off, globally. By switching off our lights for this short window of time, we are broadcasting our aspirations for a sustainable future and raising awareness of a broad spectrum of environmental issues.

Earth Hour creates a global community. The powerful movement interconnects people all over the planet, with 7001 cities across 154 countries and territories in all seven continents taking part in 2013. This year in London, famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge and the London Eye will all take part and it is thought that around 10 million people across the UK will be involved.

Here at Planet First, we held our own Earth Hour during the week leading up to the official hour. Whilst wondering how we would manage to switch everything off without losing valuable working time, we unplugged our computers, turned off the lights, printer, screens and to the horror of many, our mobiles phones. Our Earth Hour materialised in the form of a lunch. We shared food, interesting conversation and recent sustainability issues that have grabbed our attention.

The time we were so afraid of wasting was put to good really good use as it allowed us to share what made us passionate about working in sustainability and discover new areas that we had not previously thought about.

Switching off resulted in switching on our interest and, as it turned out to be so constructive and enjoyable, we have decided to hold these sharing lunches regularly!

**This Saturday at 8.30pm what will you be doing? **

The Planet First team about to start Earth Hour

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