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Around the world, millions of people, businesses, and landmarks set aside one hour on Saturday, March 25th to turn off their lights to bring awareness to climate change. To build on engagement from previous years, Marriott added a donation component to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) based on property participation. To give you a taste of the worldwide reach we generated during this event, the pictures you see here are just seven of more than 1,700 posts of our properties’ Earth Hour efforts.

The Sheraton Grand Conakry and Le Meridien Gurgaon, Delhi NCR noted how much energy they saved by turning down the lights for Earth Hour. The Sheraton saved 623 kWh, while Le Meridien saved INR 10,340 by switching off all non-essential lights in the hotel. Additionally, Le Meridien planted trees around the property and encouraged associates to bike, walk, or find other more energy-efficient ways to commute to work.

Meanwhile guest events included concerts in the dark like the one at The Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort where saxophonist Clinton Stapleton, covered in glow sticks, entertained guests. The 2017 Mrs. Hawaii and Miss Hawaii Teen state pageant contestants helped the Sheraton Waikiki shine a light on Earth Hour. And at the Courtyard by Marriott Chennai, small diyas (lamps) lit up the hotel while associates created beautiful, decorated upcycled bottles with twine and paint to sell with all proceeds going to charity.

Other awareness events took place at The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali, who built a sand sculpture in support of the WWF panda while the Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai International Airport created an impressive 120 kg dark chocolate globe with an interactive guest experience to deliver a powerful message on climate change.

Thank you to all who participated in Earth Hour 2017!

Search #MIEarthHour on social media to see more.