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Lights out in Africa hotels: Honoring Earth Hour

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Africa Correspondent  Mar 20, 2016

“Banange, but candles also cost money when we switch off the electricity. In fact, I am happy to have electricity here, because for long this was not reliable. Now you say this one hour of no lights helps to save the planet? Me, I am worried that this darkness could be used by thieves to break into my hotel. I am also worried that my clients will maybe sneak away under [he] cover of darkness to avoid paying their bills,” a clear case of lack of enlightenment, understanding of the aims of Earth Hour, and broadly a lack of seeking the information which could have moderated such utterances.

Thankfully, not all hotels, resorts, and safari lodges are so ignorant. Across the region, the leading hotel operators pulled out all the stops to make Earth Hour a success, as between 2030 and 2130 hours the lights go out and make way for candles or, increasingly often, solar lights.

Special menus help to enhance the atmosphere tonight and give visiting tourists the opportunity to see some real action against climate change and appreciate the widening green footprint of East African countries.

Hotels are confirming that indeed their lights would go out, with only legally-required lighting remaining on, illuminating emergency exits and fire escapes, an understandable and acceptable precaution.

Earth Hour 2016 - be part of it and switch off your lights tonight, between 830 and 930 pm, to play your part as the event rolls out across the entire globe.

Lights out in Africa hotels: Honoring Earth Hour

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