Lights Off Around the World to Celebrate Earth Hour

Every year in March, Earth Hour, organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), is observed to highlight global climate change. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., individuals, communities, households and businesses are encouraged to turn off their non-essential lights as a symbol of commitment to the planet. This year, Earth Hour focuses on “Consume Less, Enjoy More” and aims to encourage individuals to practice a sustainable lifestyle. The hour will be observed on Saturday, March 19, and some of our hotels will be a part of the worldwide movement.

In northeastern China, Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin will dim its lobby and exterior lights during Earth Hour. This year, the hotel will take Earth Hour a step further by launching a series of eco-friendly activities. At 7:45 p.m., the hotel will host a night run along the Haihe River to promote health and wellness and encourage reducing one’s carbon footprint. During Earth Hour, guests will be encouraged to turn off their guestroom lights and attend a Salsa Party under dim lights for an hour of dancing and fun. Lastly, the hotel will prepare a “Green Menu” with snacks made from responsibly-sourced ingredients that will be cooked through energy-saving methods. More than observing Earth Hour, this initiative aligns with the group-wide food and beverage sustainability initiative, Rooted in Nature, which lasts all year long.

In Thailand, Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai will participate by turning off and reducing lights in all hotel areas. To conserve more energy, the hotel’s food and beverage outlets will be lit by candlelight.

Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya looks forward to participating in Earth Hour in many ways. On March 18, to celebrate both Earth Hour and World Down Syndrome Day, which is observed every year on March 21, the hotel will host a tree planting initiative with help from Indonesian children with Down syndrome.

On March 19, Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya will hold a “Lobby Lounge Countdown” and turn off all lobby lights from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. as well as non-essential lights in all hotel restaurants. During this time, guests are invited to create water lanterns to float in the hotel pool representing good wishes for our planet.

We look forward to seeing (or not seeing with the lights off!) our hotels celebrate Earth Hour with the rest of the world.