Hurawalhi Maldives joined the global environmental Earth Hour movement for the first time on Saturday, 25th March 2017, and invited guests to dine underneath the stars as the majority of lighting at the resort was switched off for an hour.
The clear night sky offered unrivalled stargazing opportunities, so guests could watch the stars dance during dinner or from the Stargazing Lounge that was set up in front of the reception. The atmosphere was made even more pleasant thanks to Boduberu drummers, who performed against a backdrop of sparkling flames of a bonfire on the beach.
While Earth Hour is not about how much energy is saved during the hour, but mainly about putting the spotlight on the issues facing the planet and inspiring people to live more sustainably, we nevertheless observed with great pleasure that the resort’s power consumption decreased by over a half compared to the hourly average of the past week; with the turning off of the non-essential lights at the resort we saved 46.58 liters of diesel.
Hurawalhi views sustainability as the essence of its operation and goes well beyond Earth Hour in its commitment to the protection of our blue planet. From harnessing solar energy and using glass water bottles to energy-wise hot showers and ocean conservation, the resort seeks to keep its ecological footprint small.
We trust the evening inspired everyone involved to take further action themselves and contribute their part in the pursuit of preserving this beautiful planet of ours for many generations to come.
Kurumba Maldives will be celebrating Earth Hour, this Saturday 28th March from 20:30 pm to 21:30 pm, local time and contributing to the Earth Hour movement which unites people to take action for the planet and aims to raise awareness of climate change.
During this hour, Kurumba will partake in this movement by turning off air conditioning units and lighting in staff areas, as well as exterior signage lighting and use candlelight in public areas, restaurants and bars. In-house guests have been invited to participate and do the same in their rooms and villas.
The inaugural Earth Hour movement started in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then the event has become a worldwide movement. In 2014, a record 162 countries took part in Earth Hour 2014, showing a huge amount of support from the Maldives, to the UK and beyond. The switch offs start in Samoa and continue finishing eventually in Tahiti.
Jason Kruse, General Manager of Kurumba Maldives commented: “climate change is the one of the biggest environmental challenges our planet faces today, and is especially important in the fragile Maldives. As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility program, we will continue to make efforts to reduce energy consumption, use sustainable energy and protect our environment. Every small action can make a difference”.