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Monaco is Taking Part in “Earth Hour” on Saturday 25 March 2017 from 8.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m!

Hotels, restaurants and public establishments in the Principality of Monaco are supporting the 11th "Earth Hour"
Hotels, restaurants and public establishments in the Principality of Monaco are supporting the 11th "Earth Hour"

Hotels, restaurants and public establishments in the Principality of Monaco are supporting the 11th “Earth Hour”.

Founded in 2007 on the initiative of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and leading daily newspaper The Australian Morning Herald, the Earth Hour campaign (an hour for the planet) takes place every year throughout the world on the last Saturday in March.

The aim is to make a major environmental impact, thanks to small actions taken by as many people as possible.

So, although these are symbolic gestures, the fact of switching off lights and unplugging non-essential electrical appliances for an hour encourages energy saving and the reduction of greenhouse gases, and therefore helps combat climate change!

Private individuals and public buildings are invited to take part. Many activities are planned in Monaco, particularly among partner hotels and some restaurants and public buildings.

Here’s an overview of the activities taking place in Monaco on 25 March from 8.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m., from switching off lights to a variety of events:

The Méridien Beach Plaza Hotel will switch off all the lights in the lobby, restaurant and congress centre. Candlelight will be used to provide illumination for clients during this symbolic hour, and clients will be given an information letter mentioning all the ecological initiatives undertaken by the hotel.

The Columbus Monaco will switch off the lights on the façade of the hotel, in the lobby and in the reception area. Clients will be invited to take part by making sure they switch off their lamps and small electrical appliances.

The Novotel Monte-Carlo, the Monte-Carlo Bay and the Métropole Monte-Carlo are taking part in the activities in Monaco.

The Monte-Carlo Beach will also switch off its lighting and is offering a candlelit dinner for clients of the restaurant, who will be welcomed with an “Elsa” cocktail.

The Fairmont Monte-Carlo will switch off or reduce its public lighting, and the lighting in some of the hotel rooms. Clients will be given a candle to encourage them to take part in Earth Hour.

Candles will also be lit at the Saphir24 Bistro, Lounge & Bar, where a “live cooking” event will take place on the day, using no electricity, and there will be live, “unplugged” music.

To mark the 11th Earth Hour, the Stars’n’Bars will switch off all of its lights and screens. At lunch and dinner, activity leaders will discuss climate change, and there will be ecological workshops and awareness-raising coloring for children. Images and messages will be posted on social media.

As in previous years, the Principality will switch off the lights in public buildings such as the Cathedral, churches, some museums, the Tourist and Convention Authority and other places.

Earth Hour Campaign in Monaco
Saturday 25 March 2017
From 8.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

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