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Le Meridien switched off its lights to honour the Earth Hour, highlighting the challenges confronting the society at large from global warming. The event was attended by locals in large numbers.

Displaying its commitment towards a sustainable way of life, Le Meridien New Delhi went dark during Earth Hour 2017 to highlight the growing urgency to address a number of imminent climate change issues. Earth Hour – the environmental awareness event is a global event which is held annually and was initiated by the World Wildlife Fund in 2007. The event is an initiative where citizens from across the globe are encouraged to show their support for action on climate change by turning off their lights for one hour. Cities, municipalities and towns across the globe turned off their lights to send across a powerful global message that there is a pressing need for immediate action on climate change.

Le Meridien New DelhitThe hotel, which is known to be a leader in undertaking social causes, took various steps like turning off the exterior signage lighting, using candles in public areas of the hotel, and minimum usage of non-essential lighting etc. The event was an open walk-in event for everyone to participate and the hotel guests were also encouraged to support the cause by lighting candles in the hotel’s tennis court to form the well-known ‘Earth Hour’ logo. 

Speaking to TourismFirst, Meena Bhatia, Vice President – Operations and Marketing said “we wanted to re-affirm our commitment towards saving energy and the planet. We do various things during the course of the year like using LED lights, rain water harvesting, solar lights etc. I think if everybody does this for one hour, it really conveys a very strong message on a global scale apart from of course saving the amount of energy we do for this one hour.”  Adding further “this is our 6th edition and we choose an outdoor venue because we reduce the hotel lights to half. The response has been very overwhelming and at the end of the event, we are going to post the results of tonight’s event, energy saving wise, on our website which is something we do every year. To me it is not just that electricity, or the power that we save in this one hour, I think it is more about commitment,” she said.

Talking about how the industry had come together in contributing to, not only the campaign but, the issue of climate change in general, she added “I think our industry has done its bit very well. Almost everybody in the industry is now contributing by doing things like equipping their roofs with solar panels, using CFLs, using natural gas etc. I think we have done our bit and we will continue to do our bit as technology improves and as newer things come in. This particular area of Delhi is so green, and that is the kind of thing that we want to commit to and retain otherwise what do our guests come here and see?” 

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