WWF rallies support for Earth Hour

Earth Hour

Earth Hour returns for another year of raising awareness asking millions of people around the world to switch off

What: One hour of darkness across the globe as hundreds of millions of people switch off for WWF’s Earth Hour.  From New York to Sydney - iconic landmarks and communities all around the world will turn off their lights to show they care about the future of our planet.

When: On Saturday 23rd March between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.

Why: In the UK we are consuming three times our fair share of the world’s natural resources. To ensure a brighter future our planet relies on us moving away from unsustainable dirty fossil fuels and towards cleaner, greener energy.  So, as the lights go out this year people will be asked to show their support for energy that works with the power of nature, not against it.

Here are a some examples of hotels taking action...

At 8.30pm on 23 March The Cavendish London will join people and businesses across the world in turning off energy supplies as part of Earth Hour 2013.

In an attempt to make a difference, the 4-star Mayfair hotel will be limiting its energy usage for a whole hour by turning off all the air conditioning, music, lamps and signage and shutting down the majority of the fridges and lifts. Guests will be greeted in the car park with lanterns instead of lights to give it an old fashioned London feel.

Neil Braude, General Manager, The Cavendish London comments: “At The Cavendish we’re passionate about our environment and sustainability is at the heart of everything we do as a business. Earth Hour helps to raise awareness for the future of our planet and we support this wholeheartedly. We were even commended for ‘taking care of the environment’ in the Sunday Times Best Small Companies To Work For List this year.”

The hotel will also be asking checking-in guests to donate funds to plant trees in the Amazon rainforest. At the end of the campaign donor names will be picked at random and the new trees named after them.

Radisson Blu Edwardian London is helping to tackle climate change by supporting WWF's Earth Hour for the fifth year running (Saturday, 23 March 2013 at 8.30pm). The privately owned UK hotelier has announced it will be switching off all public lights across its 12 London hotels to show world leaders they want to take action against climate change.

Set in prominent locations across London, including Leicester Square (Radisson Blu Edwardian, Hampshire), the heart of Bloomsbury (Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street) and at Heathrow (Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow), Radisson Blu Edwardian will be plunging some of the busiest corners of London into darkness by switching off or dimming all public area interior and exterior lights.

Hotel guests will also be encouraged to switch off their own bedroom lights and join the hotel for an intimate evening of dinner by candlelight.

“We are delighted to be supporting WWF’s Earth Hour once more and would urge all of our guests and partners to do the same” said Linda Plant, Radisson Blu Edwardian marketing director. “As a global brand we believe we should earn our place on this planet and help to support and sustain our environment for future generations. We strive to conduct our business by improving our overall ecological and carbon footprint without compromising on guest experience and satisfaction.”

The Ritz-Carlton hotels, resorts, clubs and residences around the world will proudly support Earth Hour by switching off non-essential lighting in key areas of the property. This year, The Ritz-Carlton properties will create unique experiences for their guests during Earth Hour, inviting them to join efforts to celebrate and protect the environment:

• At The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Eco-Adventure Center naturalists will guide guests in discovering the constellations that can be seen in the night sky
• The Ritz-Carlton, Doha guests will be invited to participate in “candlelight yoga” to  celebrate Earth Hour
• Guests at Hotel Arts, Barcelona will receive LED candles to take to their rooms and be invited to come down to Frank’s Bar, where they will be offered a complimentary glass of cava to enjoy Earth Hour in a dimmed-light setting
• At The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul, hotel staff will celebrate Earth Hour by wearing the traditional “Hanbok” costume, and holding a Korean lantern to light the way for guests
• While at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh the team have been busy preparing 6,000 paper bags with sand, to hold thousands of candles that will be displayed throughout the grand palace hotel in place of electric lighting

Raising awareness for climate change has never been so colourful at the London Heathrow Marriott as they put on a terrific illuminated dance show to celebrate the event.

The extravaganza started at 8:30pm on Saturday 23rd March when all lights were turned off in the hotel lobby. Energetic hotel staff were adorned in multi-coloured glow lights, brightening up the darkness as they danced with over 150 hotel guests. For 20 minutes the lobby of the London Heathrow Marriott transformed into a huge dance floor, with some dancers taking their places high above the crowd on the tiered windowed façade of the hotel, to display a fantastic array of glowing colours.

A short presentation of the official Earth Hour 2013 video was projected on the ceiling of the 20m. high lobby for all to see before the celebrations began.

Ron Vos, General Manager of the hotel, said of the evening:

“The hotel has 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. This year we wanted to do something more to highlight our commitment to this fantastic movement, so we decided to build awareness of climate change to as many people as we could with a little bit of fun. As a hotel and an organisation we are passionate about our environmental activities and tonight is just one example of our commitment to them.”

People are encouraged to register their support at wwf.org.uk/earthhour and join the list of millions of WWF supporters, including a host of celebrities, who will be taking part.

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