On March 26, Royal Resorts will be participating in Earth Hour, the global campaign organized by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) to draw attention to climate change, the terrible toll that global warming is already taking, and the urgent need to protect the one thing that unites us all, the Planet.

This is the second year running that Royal Resorts has observed Earth Hour. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., the lights will be turned off or dimmed around the resorts in areas where there is no risk to guests or staff. Candles and tiki torches will be used in the pool areas, gardens and in some of the restaurants.

Resort walkways will be illuminated and villa lighting will be unaffected, however, we invite all guests staying at the resorts to join us in observing Earth Hour by dimming the lights in their villas. This would be a perfect time for quiet reflection on the villa terrace listening to the sound of the waves and the breeze rustling in the palms and for stargazing.

And as Earth Hour is all about sharing and collective consciousness, guests are invited to enjoy the special Earth Hour events staged at The Royal Sands in Cancun and The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya. La Veranda Restaurant at The Royal Sands is offering a candlelit poolside cookout, live traditional Mexican music and a special Earth Hour cake. A beach event will be held at The Royal Cancun and guests at The Royal Mayan, The Royal Caribbean and The Royal Islander can dine poolside with a special menu. At The Royal Haciendas, the evening’s activities include a poolside Mayan cookout at the Sol Grill, a moving Mayan ritual to honor Mother Earth, and pre-Hispanic music and dance. Guests and staff will then unite as Friends & Family on the beach esplanade to light candles and form the number 60 to send a message of support and awareness to the world.

Royal Resorts employees who are not working on Saturday are also being encouraged to observe Earth Hour at home with their families and neighbors.

Beyond Earth Hour

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney and when 2.2 million people and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour as a protest against climate change. The idea inspired the global community and this year, hundreds of millions of people from all walks of life in 131 countries and more than 4,616 cities, in addition to governments, NGOs, companies, schools and other groups are taking part in Earth Hour. At 8:30 p.m. local time, the lights will go out across the world for one hour. Iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Eiffel Tower, London Eye, Sydney Opera House and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai will go dark and here in the Mexican Caribbean resorts, restaurants, malls and many other companies are following suit.

Yet Earth Hour is just the beginning. This year the Earth Hour organizers are asking us to go Beyond Earth Hour and reflect on the changes we can make in our daily lives at home or in the workplace to protect the environment. Whether it’s recycling, saving electricity and water, switching to environmentally friendly cleaning products, or supporting a larger company or citywide initiative, think about what you can do to make a difference. Together our actions add up, just imagine what we can achieve…

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