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Activities planned at hotels to celebrate Earth Hour

Many businesses across the Island will turn off or dim their lights for an hour to mark Earth Hour.

On March 31, Bermuda will join 135 other countries to support the annual event to promote more awareness about climate change, turning off their lights from 8.30pm for an hour.

Hotels including the Fairmont Southampton, Fairmont Hamilton Princess and Tucker’s Point are planning to take part, along with restaurants such as Barracuda Grill and Victoria Grill.

“As the leader in sustainable hospitality in Bermuda, Rosewood Tucker’s Point is committed to adopting Green practices and reducing its carbon footprint and we welcome the opportunity to join the rest of the community in observing Earth Hour,” said Kevin Lanthier, vice president facilities management at Rosewood Tucker’s Point.

“We will be turning out our lights in public areas where it is appropriate, and will dim lights in all other areas, so as to maintain an acceptable level of lighting for safety reasons. We will supplement this reduced lighting with candles. We’ll also provide candles in guest rooms and encourage our guests to join us if they wish to. Earth Hour has done so much for raising global awareness of sustainability issues but it’s also important on the local level for us to be cognizant of how we preserve our Island and work together to create a better future for those who live here.”

Guests will be provided with candles and a note explaining Earth Hour to encourage participation.

At the Fairmont Hamilton Princess, activities in the Heritage Court will include a specially created cocktail called Green Passion and food menu consisting of local, sustainable foods like fish and produce. During the hour to mark Earth Hour activities in Heritage Court will be by candlelight so no electricity will be used for lights.

While Fairmont Southampton had not yet finalised their events for Earth Hour, the hotel has participated in the event in the past.

A hotel spokesperson said: “The Fairmont Southampton has been participating in Earth Hour since 2009 as part of our commitment to working toward solutions to fight global climate change. This hour is a time for people to reflect on how they can enjoy themselves, and each other, with activities that don’t require electricity and as always we plan an exciting evening for our guests!”

Businesses across the Island are being encouraged to follow suit, even if it is just to dim their lights during the hour. For more information on participating, see above story.

Fairmont Hamilton Princess is celebrating Earth Hour.

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Published March 01, 2012 at 10:39 am (Updated March 01, 2012 at 10:38 am)

Activities planned at hotels to celebrate Earth Hour

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