Earth Hour 2013 is a celebration of our planet and an hour (8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time for each participating city) when millions of people from around the globe switch off lights to call attention to the need for climate change. The first Earth Hour took place March 31, 2007 with 2.2 million people in Sydney, Australia. Last year, Earth Hour was celebrated by 6,950 cities and towns in 152 countries worldwide. This year’s event is this Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time.
You can celebrate Earth Hour locally with the Light’s Out event at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa on the Gila River Indian Community just south of Chandler.
The resort will go dark at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday evening by powering down all non-essential lighting, both indoors and out (don’t worry, safety lighting will remain on). The evening’s celebration begins at 6 p.m. with Earth-friendly activities, including a “Save the Planet” obstacle course, Earth Hour trivia, Magic/Color Animal scratchers, Earth Volleyball, and more. Visitors can purchase UV energy beads, glow necklaces, and Earth-inspired snacks.
Watch the Lorax
After the activities, guests can view The Lorax at 6:50 p.m. at the main pool. Jump in the heated pool or stretch out under the stars to enjoy the flick for all ages.
Earth Hour event
The actual Earth Hour event begins at 8:30 p.m. The highlight is a lecture entitled “Jevad” (meaning “Earth” in the Pima language) by Gila River Tribal member Loren Russell from 8:45 to 9:30 p.m.
Evening meals and drinks
All evening, Kai and Ko’Sin restaurants will feature local, sustainable, low carbon footprint items.
- Kai, the resort’s Forbes 5-star, AAA 4-diamond restaurant, will offer a starter course of “Souse Vide Roots, Asparagus and Exotic Mushrooms in their Soil”
- Ko’Sin restaurant will offer an Earth First dinner feature
- Kai Bar will feature the Flower Child cocktail ($14)
- The lobby bar will serve locally brewed, hand-crafted ales from Four Peaks and San Tan Brewery for $5 per glass
- The lobby bar will also be serving two sustainable Magnolia Grove wines, produced by Chateau St. Jean; cabernet and chardonnay will each be available for $8 per glass for the evening
Reservations are required for Kai and Ko’Sin by calling 602.385.5726 or going online to www.opentable.com.
The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa includes 500 culturally themed rooms. If you want to stay over and make it an Earth-friendly weekend, rooms start at $269. Call 602.225.0100 and mention rate plan EARTH13 for reservations.
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Chandler
602.225.0100 room reservations and information
602.385.5726 restaurant reservations