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Earth Hour, organised by WWF, invites people and businesses to turn their lights off for an hour to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprints to raise awareness of climate change. In the UK last year, over 10 million people took part, along with over 4,800 schools, 200 landmarks and thousands of businesses and organisations. Iconic landmarks including Big Ben and Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Blackpool Tower, The Kelpies, Caerphilly Castle and many more joined the global lights out.
This year Earth Hour on Saturday 19th March is 8.30pm to 9.30pm, and staff at the London Heathrow Marriott are preparing to ‘get their glow on’ with a special candlelit dinner high above the lobby. They’re also busy perfecting their dance skills to wow guests and visitors on the night, while raising awareness of the effects of climate change. Energetic hotel staff wear multi-coloured glow lights, creating a striking effect as they dance with hotel guests and visitors. For an hour the lobby is transformed into a huge dance floor with some dancers high above the crowd in large windows, displaying an array of glowing colours.
Earth Hour began as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide in over 162 countries and territories. Hundreds of millions of people from community, business and government, all over the world join together and switch off their lights for an hour in a show of support for environmental action.
For the past few years the LHR Marriott hotel have been turning off all non-essential lights for this hour and encouraging hotel guests and the local community to do the same. This year special guests from Brunel University Circus Skills will be joining in the fun, followed by an address from the Mayor of Hillingdon plus a lively performance of dance and music.
Ron Vos, General Manager at the hotel, said, “We have supported Earth Hour for many years by turning off the lights in all public areas for an hour and asking our guests to do the same in the bedrooms. The ‘glow show’ is our way of raising awareness of the effects of climate change to our local community and having fun at the same time.”
Marriott Hotels and Resorts support Earth Hour every year encouraging all their hotels to turn off their lights to raise awareness of climate change. The move supports Marriott’s responsible business programme to reduce which includes the commitment to reduce energy and water consumption 20% by 2020.