It’s getting hot in here…
If you haven’t heard, or have chosen to be blissfully ignorant towards what’s going on in the world, Mother Nature hasn’t been doing so well in recent years. With climate change and a growing population in need of more fossil fuels to burn, it’s more important than ever that we all do a little something to reduce our harmful ways.
That’s where Earth Hour comes in. Organised by the Worldwide Fund for Nature, the event is held annually encouraging businesses, individuals and communities worldwide to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour.
This year that hour is 8.30pm to 9.30pm on March 25. It’s all in an effort to symbolise one’s commitment to the planet.
Who’s taking part in Dubai?
The Palace Downtown Dubai will be participating in the efforts towards sustainability by having an organic menu as well as dimming or switching off unnecessary lights and using candles for an hour, with guests also encouraged to join in by turning out non-essential lights in their rooms and suites.
They’re taking it one step further though. From March 25 to March 31, three main restaurants from The Palace (Thiptara, Asado and Ewaan) will offer guests exclusive menu items to choose from which have been sustainably sourced, organically grown and prepared using minimal resource consumption.
If you’re thinking that one hour of darkness wouldn’t make that much of a difference, you’d be wrong. When Earth Hour kicked off last year, DEWA reported savings of up to 100 megawatt-hours of electricity from turning the lights off on certain city landmarks and dimming of some streetlights in the city; that’s enough to power over 80,000 homes.
So be a sport this Saturday, turn your lights off from 8.30pm to 9.30pm and be a part of something awesome.