Did you join thousands of people on the 28th of March and Switching Off for the planet? A worldwide event took place at 8.30pm when folks around the world committed to switching off their non-essential lights for 60 minutes. Icon buildings, families and businesses took part 8.30pm local time where ever they lived. Here in London theatre land dimmed it’s lights, St Paul’s Cathedral flicked the switch along with the Houses of Parliament. Even the guys at the British Antarctic Survey went for a blackout.
So what’s it really all about? Does it do what the advertising campaign suggests, encourage individuals to make change, to raise awareness of energy issues and to acknowledge that protecting our planet really matters? Well maybe it does and maybe it doesn’t. Did it end up as a bit of a meaningless publicity stunt, after all, after the switch off surely there was a power surge 60 minutes later? Probably. However it is a start and it does act as a means to talk about this topic with our children and think about small changes we can make during the rest of the year. So for us the one hour switch off is trigger to looking at everything we leave switched-on unnecessarily. So we were in!
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