The lights went out for one-hour at 8:30 pm on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at a number of Starwood hotels in Bali to mark the worldwide celebration of Earth Hour – a movement to make the citizens of the planet earth aware of the need for sustainability and careful care for the natural environment.
Created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) - Earth Hour
is the largest movement on the planet in human history, spanning 7,000 cities, 152 countries, with a digital reach of 200 million.
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
The lights went out at 8:30 pm at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
as staff and guests joined millions around the globe in sending a powerful message about environmental awareness and action.
Embracing this year’s Earth Hour
theme of “Uniting People to Protect the Planet”
the Resort turned off all non-essential lighting and used candlelight in public areas such as the lobby, corridors, garden and pool environment.
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
also hosted a seafood barbeque dinner under the stars for their in-house guests. Entertainment during the evening included live acoustic music as well as a performance by a local children’s choir.
As the hour of darkness approached, a brief speech and video presentation introduced guests to the concept of Earth Hour
. Then each guests was invited to light a candle as Earth Hour
officially commenced at 8.30pm.
In the days leading up to Earth Hour,
resort employees participated in a cycling tour across the island of Bali visiting the many properties operating under the Starwood
banner including The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa; The St Regis Bali Resort; Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort; Le Meridien Jimbaran
and W Retreat Seminyak.
The aim of the cycling tour was to heighten local awareness about Earth Hour and recruit popular support for the movement. At each hotel and along the way, the cyclists made frequent stops asking members of the community to sign an “I Will If You Will
” pledge to participate in the global initiative.
Bipan Kapur, managing director of The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
, said: “Thank you to all our guests who, very willing, took part in the initiative it is small steps like these that come together to a huge impact. Earth Hour is a great way of creating global awareness of our responsibility to the generations to come: The small steps each of us take can make a big difference together.”
The Westin Ubud
The Westin Team
from the soon-to-be opened The Westin Ubud Resort and Spa
visited Kertayasa Tebongkang Junior and Senior High Schools
in Ubud to hold a dialogue with students and teachers on our global carbon footprint. The team also shared information on the use of biodegradable materials, identifying renewable resource, working for sustainability and a number of other steps to encourage Bali’s future generations to “think green.”
“Our mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature”, said Torsten Richter, general manager of The Westin Ubud Resort & Spa.
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
The Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
marked “Earth Hour
” by inviting guests to sign a pledge to reduce their global carbon footprints, celebrating the occasion with an after-the-dark party at The Lounge while overlooking the Indian Ocean with creative cocktails, entertainment and canapés.
“It is a privilege for us to support such a powerful movement with such a simple gesture,” said Dario Orsini, general manager of Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort.
“Earth Hour also reflects a philosophy we try to practice year-round: The small steps each of us take can make a big difference together.”
Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran
The recently opened Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran
has installed low energy light bulbs throughout the resort, in addition the resort open-air free flow design intentionally allows ample amounts of natural lighting to flow into rooms reducing the need to for lighting.
Earth Hour 2013
fifth annual participation in Earth Hour.
Earth Hour forms part Starwood’s 30/20 by 20 goals,
in which the company has committed to reduce energy consumption by 30% and water consumption by 20% by 2020 across its worldwide portfolio of hotels.
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