Now into its fifth year, it’s a positive sign that Earth Hour is attracting more and more participants from countries around the world each year. On March 26, 2011 from 8:30pm-9:30pm local time, people are encouraged to be mindful of the amount of electricity we use and that overall, small changes we make in our daily lives can greatly impact our environment. Many major landmarks across the globe turn off their lights to show their support and in Vancouver, the iconic Lions Gate Bridge will be turning off its lights in solidarity with the rest of the city.
Not only are individuals taking part in this cause, but many businesses in and around Vancouver will also be supporting Earth Hour.
The Hyatt Regency is going the extra mile by using donated green power by Bullfrog Power to support their guests rooms that night, along with offering a candle lit dinner in their on-site restaurant, Mosaic Bar & Grille. Although the kitchen will be cooking, they will also be making use of Bullfrog’s green energy to fuel the kitchen to prepare a three course feast for $39.00 (tax and gratuity not included). The three course menu consists of locally and ethically sourced ingredients and it sounds delicious. To start, they will serve you smoked sockeye salmon with salad of pink lady apple, rainbow radish and pickled red onion. For the main course, you will enjoy salt spring island raised lamb osso bucco, pomegranate jus and brown butter mashed potatoes. Lastly, dessert is a fig and walnut tart with a lemon-sour cream ice cream. Hyatt’s making small changes even when it’s not Earth Hour and they use Bullfrog Power for all of their meeting rooms. Fantastic, no?
YEW Restaurant + Bar at the Four Seasons is also participating in Earth Hour again after a very successful run last year. Didn’t have a chance to attend? They’ve got you covered and you can see them work their magic in this video of the 2010 Earth Hour at YEW.
This year they are offering an exquisite candle-lit (1200 of them to be exact) three course menu for $49 (tax and gratuity not included) and if you’re anything like me, you will struggle with what to order of the set menu because all of the options sound fantastic; tuna tartare with a Oregon black truffle vinaigrette, flavorful halibut and the macha-cheesecake lollipop, oh my!
Along with YEW and the Mosaic Bar & Grille, some other restaurants that are taking part are La Terrazza, Herons West Coast Kitchen + Bar, Griffins Restaurant at the Hotel Vancouver, Nu and Raincity Grill.
In the meantime, here are a few simple things that we can all do to help reduce our footprint on Earth.
- Wash your clothes in cold water
- Turn of the tap while brushing your teeth
- Recycle as much paper as you can, even your toilet paper roll
- Turn the lights off during the day or when you’re not at home
- Take a few minutes to rinse out plastic containers your food comes in and recycle them
- Have a baby? Switch to cloth diapers
It’s the small changes we make on a daily basis that can have a great and positive impact on our environment.