Every year in March, Earth Hour, organized by the World Wildlife Fund, is celebrated by individuals, businesses and cities in 188 countries and territories to raise awareness of the environment and urge the global community to unite and fight biodiversity loss. With the 2019 theme “Connect to Earth,” the event encourages participants to turn off non-essential lights to save energy and promote sustainable lifestyles and operations. Check out how Shangri-La and sister-brand properties participated in the meaningful observation.
Shangri-La Hotel, Paris participated in Earth Hour by turning off facade lighting and dimming the lights in public areas. The hotel also turned off the chandelier lighting in La Bauhinia and created mood lighting with candles.
Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya reduced electricity during Earth Hour by turning off non-essential lights in the guestrooms, restaurants, outlets and lobby. During the hour, the hotel hosted cultural programs including a performance of the traditional Saman dance, acoustic music, and performances by talented youth in Surabaya.
From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sule Shangri-La, Yangon turned off non-essential lights in Cafe Sule restaurant, Gallery Bar, Peacock Lounge and public areas and illuminated the spaces with battery-operated candles. During the hour, the hotel hosted guests and residents to a bonfire on the lawn with live music and entertainment.
During Earth Hour, Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei organized a night walk through the Fu-Yang Ecological Park for colleagues and their families.
"It was one surprising encounter after another and truly an educational and adventurous way to discover nature," said Jody Cheng, executive secretary to the resident manager at Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei. "It will serve as a constant reminder for us to keep an sustainable living environmental for species to co-exist on the planet. Let's all go above and beyond this Earth Hour protecting our one and only Earth!"