HostelBookers, a budget accommodation specialist I’ve used numerous times, has announced that it is supporting WWF’s Earth Hour, the world’s largest campaign for action to protect the planet, in a number of ways.
On March 31, 2012 at 8.30pm, the global skyline will be plunged into darkness as hundreds of millions of people, landmarks, and businesses across the world switch off their lights for a world with a brighter future.
WWF’s Earth Hour is a simple idea that’s become a global phenomenon, spanning a record 135 countries in 2011. It’s a symbolic action to show we all care about protecting the environment and reducing our impact on it.
David Smith, COO at HostelBookers, which features a number of different eco hostels, says:
“We understand that business has a key role to play in protecting our brilliant planet, and so, in support of this year’s event, HostelBookers properties will promote Earth Hour 2012 worldwide in different ways:
“Mosaic House located in Prague will turn off lights for an hour. It will gather 330 guests to unite in the candle-lit theatre bar, offering candle lit tours to the grey water recycle unit with heat. St Christopher’s at the Mosaic House is an eco-pioneer in the industry. It is the first in the Czech Republic to use 100% renewable-source electricity, 100% biogas, water recycling system with heat recuperation, and a fully electric car. It also boasts solar panels on the roof, electric shutters, smart temperature control and energy-efficient lighting.”
In the heart of Yerevan, Armenia, Envoy Hostel is a European Standard Hostel designed by travelers for travelers. The property will organize games by candlelight at night, where guests will play different board games.
In Port Douglas, Australia Port O’Call Eco Lodge is a resort style accommodation at a budget price, just a few minutes’ walk to the beautiful Four Mile Beach and to the Marina and Port Douglas Village. Rated green star environmentally friendly, Port O’Call is ecologically sustainable with solar heating, water and lighting efficiency. To support Earth Hour the property will be turning off all air conditioning for an hour. All the external lighting is run off batteries supplied by solar cell power and all hot water on that day will be supplied by solar hot water and the Bistro will be lit by just candles.
Hundreds of other UK businesses and landmarks have already signed up for WWF’s Earth Hour 2012 and getting involved as a company is easy — simply sign up online and switch off your building’s non-essential lights on the night.
Colin Butfield, Head of Campaigns WWF-UK says: “WWF’s Earth Hour it not about saving an hour’s electricity. It’s something much bigger. It’s about people coming together to put the focus on this brilliant world we all share — and how we need to protect it. Not just for an hour a year, but every day.”
You can find out what’s happening across the country and get involved by visiting wwf.org.uk/earthhour.