Braintree will be switching off for Earth Hour at 8.30pm on 29 March... will you join us? Earth Hour 2014 The wait is almost over as we get closer and closer to joining millions across the world to switch off on Saturday 29 March. Over 154 countries, and 7,000 towns and cities around the world are getting involved, to celebrate our amazing planet, in a symbolic and spectacular lights out display. It's a brilliant reminder that together we can make change happen and a chance to think about the small things we can do everyday to help create a brighter future. So whether you reflect under the stars or celebrate by candlelight, it's a moment to say you’ll do your bit to protect our planet - not just for one hour, but every day. Because turning out the lights is just the beginning…. earth-hour-candles WHY JOIN IN? It's your chance to take action to protect our planet – not just for one hour, but every day. Because a healthy planet isn't just good for wildlife, it's essential for us all. It's easy to forget how much we depend on it for food, fuel, water, fresh air… and the truth is, our modern lifestyles have been taking a toll. If everyone in the world lived like we do in the UK, we'd need 3 planets to support us but by making small changes every day we make our daily lives more sustainable. Earth Hour 2014 THINGS TO DO IN THE DARK Braintree HQ will be switching off all lights for the event, and the team will be getting as many friends, families and neighbours involved and switching off at home too. Here's our top 12 favourite fun ideas you can do in the dark during Earth Hour 2014... 1. Hold a candlelit dinner party with your friends. 2. Make your own lanterns (using old jam jars). 3. Read your favourite story to the little ones (or listen to Earth Hour's special 60 minute Just So celebrity narrated stories). 4. Have a bonfire with friends and family under the stars – or recreate indoors by toasting marshmallows by candlelight. 5. Snuggle up by the fire with a cuppa and good book. 6. Indulge in a candlelit bath (you could even share it with your favourite person). 7. A twist on dinner time with a fun indoor picnic. 8. Dress up in your brightest clothes, Break out the glow sticks and have a mini rave. 9. Have a sensory party – find out who has the best senses by seeing what you can taste, touch, feel and hear in the dark! 10. Art in the dark – see what masterpiece you end up with. 11. Light some candles and play some old fashioned board-games like scrabble, Pictionary or Cluedo. 12. Go to your favourite view spot in your town or city to see the switch offs. Comment below to let us know what you'll be getting up to on the night! earth-hour-london For more inspiration, to sign up, and for live stream coverage on the night, check out the official website here. We look forward to joining you for the global switch off on 29 March, 8.30pm! With Love

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