Every year in March, the World Wildlife Fund spearheads Earth Hour, a global initiative to encourage people around the world to switch their lights off and raise awareness on the fight against global warming. Held on March 25, Shangri-La hotels and resorts around the world participated by turning off or dimming their lights and even more. Here is how some of our properties celebrated Earth Hour.
To support the community and this year’s Earth Hour focus, “Uniting People to Protect the Planet,” Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin launched a series of “Go Green” activities. Within its walls, the hotel held a traditional light-dimming activity for one hour, and hosted a new “green” tree activity, which invited guests to include their painted handprint on a canvas, creating a large painted tree. In Café Yun, the hotel hosted a “Green Food” initiative, highlighting special Rooted in Nature menu items specifically for Earth Hour. Guests and colleagues participated in the Dog Walkathon along the Haihe River, where pet owners and dog lovers enjoyed scenic views of the river while promoting low-carbon emitting ways to commute and exercise.
Also in China, Shangri-La Hotel, Harbin and Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin joined the movement for the first time. At 8:30 p.m., the two hotels dimmed or turned off lights and lit “60+” candle logos in their respective lobbies. To support environmental protection across the two sides of Songhua River, two volunteer teams from both Shangri-La Hotel, Harbin and Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin joined forced and walked with glow sticks to the other hotel to promote a healthy low-carbon travel lifestyle.
Guests at Shangri-La Hotel, Harbin also participated in the Earth Hour fun by unplugging their electronics and enjoying green cocktails in the Lobby Lounge. Diners at Coffee Garden enjoyed a candlelight buffet dinner with a special Earth Hour themed dining table and Rooted in Nature menu items.
“The hotels hope to work with their guests, employees and partners to change the bad trend of climate change by living and consuming in a sustainable way,” said Michelle Mao, director of communications at Shangri-La Hotel, Harbin. “Ultimately, the hotels hope to help “Change Climate Change” and see the blue sky again.”
In the Middle East, Shangri-La Hotel, Doha hosted an out-of-this-world event in partnership with the Fascination Astronomy Program from the Qatar Environment, & Energy Research Institute (QEERI) at Hamad Bin Khalifah University. During both day and night, guests had the chance to observe space through the program’s lunar (day) and night telescopes in the hotel’s pool area while munching and sipping on interstellar-inspired treats. The hotel also hosted candle lit dinners in its restaurants, displayed an Earth Hour-themed floral arrangement in the lobby, and dimmed its sky-high Shangri-La “S” logo on the building.
In Thailand, Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai participated in Earth Hour by switching off all unnecessary lights on from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Hotel colleagues held a candle-lighting ceremony, illuminating not only the lobby, but also the spirit of charity. Profits from sales of special candles made by students from Wat Lan Tong School, the hotel’s EMBRACE partner, were donated to the back school.
In Malaysia, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu also participated by turning off its lights and holding a candle-lighting ceremony. Over 200 guests stopped by the ceremony on their way to dinner to light candles in celebration of Earth Hour.
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore was aglow with love for Mother Earth as colleagues and guests enjoyed glow-in-the-dark hop scotch, tic-tac-toe and more while non-essential lights were turned off for one hour.
Hotels in Indonesia harnessed the power of CSR by taking Earth Hour a few steps further. Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta offered an Earth Sunday Market and featured Rooted in Nature dishes at its restaurant SATOO throughout the weekend. The successful market featured locally-sourced and environmentally-friendly products and goods from local farmers and purveyors.
Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya extended Earth Hour celebrations throughout the day with its EMBRACE partner BK3S-Coordinating Council for Social Welfare Activities. Colleagues and volunteers helped children with disabilities honor the earth by gardening, learning proper handwashing practices and baking. Children explored their creative sides while decorating their baked goods, which they took home after the day of fun.
Thank you to all of our hotels and resorts that participated in Earth Hour! We hope the activities left positive lasting impacts on our colleagues, guests and communities.