Take action beyond the hour to protect the planet



Posted on 30 March 2012  | 
Earth Hour illustrates the power of acting together and is an hour to inspire us all to do more. Our planet is in trouble - our combined efforts are needed to change our future to one that is sustainable.
© An Rany / WWF-CambodiaEnlarge
This year, Cambodia will see four city and towns of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Koh Kong and Preah Sihanouk together with 150 businesses celebrating one hour lights switch off on Saturday 31 March at 8.30pm-9.30pm.

Star hotels and restaurants like Raffles Le Royal, Cambodiana, Imperial, Prince D’Angkor, Intercontinental, Sunway, Raffles Grand D’Angkor, Koh Kong City, Oasis Bungalow, Sokha Beach, Golden Sand, De La Paix, Aman Sara, Angkor Century, FCC Angkor and Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor will switch off the lights in their buildings, facilities and signage for the symbolic one hour.

They will also inform their employees, partners, clients and suppliers about Earth Hour. Besides organising dinner events on Saturday night, some of them discuss plans for going beyond the hour for long term changes.

“Hotel management and employees are aware of problems the earth is facing and we are discussing to become a green hotel to contribute our small part for the sustainability of our planet earth,” said Mr Pisanu Niemjantr, General Manager of Prince D’Angkor Hotel. “Recycling, saving water and energy are something we must do.”

Mr Christian Sack, General Manager of Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor, says the hotel is dedicated to help raise awareness about climate change. “Raffles Hotels & Resorts are committed to environmental sustainability and as a result the brand has developed an environment and community program, which involves and supports their colleagues to make a difference locally.”

In its official announcement dated 27 March 2012, Electricite du Cambodge (EdC), the country’s main provider of electricity, asked residents of Phnom Penh and neighbouring towns to reduce electricity use due to a power shortage. Growing demand for electricity in Phnom Penh has caused intermittent blackouts around the city.

“WWF is very pleased to join more than 100 businesses in Cambodia in shutting down ours lights for one hour to call attention to the urgent need to conserve the Earth’s limited resources,” said Mr Seng Teak, Country Director of WWF-Cambodia.

With one day to go until the biggest ever Earth Hour, 5411 cities and towns across 147 countries are preparing to send a united message that now is the time to take action for the planet.

Households, associations, businesses, civil society, NGOs, government agencies and Cambodian people from across the country are invited to join the world in one hour lights switch off at 8:30pm-9:30pm on Saturday 31 March 2012 and take sustainability actions on daily basis.
Earth Hour illustrates the power of acting together and is an hour to inspire us all to do more. Our planet is in trouble - our combined efforts are needed to change our future to one that is sustainable.
© An Rany / WWF-Cambodia Enlarge

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