Bermuda Among Global Hour Bank Leaders

March 24, 2023

Bermuda made an appearance on the World Wide Fund for Nature’s Global Hour Bank leaderboard, reflecting the island’s commitment to participate in Earth Hour activities tomorrow [March 25].

A spokesperson said, “In an effort to create ‘The Biggest Hour for Earth,’ the World Wide Fund for Nature has created a Global Hour Bank to calculate commitments from people all over the world willing to spend at least 60 minutes doing something positive for nature.

“For the past week, Bermuda has been featured in the top 10 location leaderboard and, to keep us there, we encourage everyone in Bermuda to visit the website and register their commitment to do something, anything, nature positive for 60 minutes.

“Here are seven ideas:

  1.  Watch the Earth Hour live broadcast on Saturday, March 25th from 6:30 to 8:30pm
  2. Switch off any unnecessary lights on Saturday, March 25th from 8:30 to 9:30pm
  3. Register for Greenrock’s nature walk, beach cleanup, gardening workshop or the Earth Day Challenge
  4. Spend 60 minutes enjoying nature
  5. Spend 60 minutes learning about nature
  6. Spend 60 minutes cleaning up or restoring nature
  7. Spend 60 minutes inspiring others to care for nature and the environment

“At its heart, Earth Hour is about generating a global sense of community and solidarity. Showing that people care about the environment and our future, while also demonstrating the power we possess as a people to make a difference and bring about monumental change. This year in addition to being asked to make the symbolic gesture of switching off unnecessary lights, the Global Earth Hour campaign is asking people and countries all around the world to act. To give an hour for Earth.

“This increased enthusiasm to act is also being reflected in Bermuda with more large properties, corporations and governing bodies endorsing Earth Hour, encouraging their associates to participate, and switching off lights in their respective areas. Below are a few quotes from participating organizations:

The Corporation of Hamilton

“The City recognizes the global need for environmental change and remains in full support of the initiative put forth by the Greenrock Organization, along with the many other local partners that take part, to raise awareness throughout Bermuda that action must be taken to protect and preserve the planet.

“Let’s continue to change behaviours and act beyond the hour for the betterment of our children’s future. In fact, our future as an island and a tourist destination are dependent on our making constant, positive environmental choices. It starts with us.

The Bermuda Chamber of Commerce

“The Bermuda Chamber of Commerce is proud to support the Earth Hour initiative, which is being spearheaded by Greenrock as we believe that it is important for individuals and companies to take responsibility for making our island more sustainable.

“Earth Hour provides an opportunity for us all to come together and show our commitment to a greener future. By the simple act of turning off our lights for an hour, we can demonstrate that we are serious about creating a more sustainable future for Bermuda.

“At the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce, we understand that sustainability goes beyond just environmental issues – as it also includes social and economic aspects as well. To ensure long-term prosperity for Bermuda, we must consider all aspects of sustainability. This includes reducing energy consumption, creating more efficient and environmentally friendly businesses, and ensuring our local economy remains healthy.

“We believe that it is our responsibility to maintain a balance between the environment, social considerations, and economic growth so that both current and future generations can thrive.

“We encourage everyone in Bermuda to join us in supporting Earth Hour. Let’s show our commitment to building a better future for ourselves, our families, and our home.

The West End Development Corporation

“The West End Development Corporation is pleased to participate in the 2023 Earth Hour event and join Greenrock in promoting this global initiative island-wide. WEDCO prides itself on being an environmentally conscious organization, with several sustainability programs and green initiatives in place.

“Over the last several years, WEDCO has successfully installed solar panels which reduce our usage of fossil fuel energy, expanded the capacity of our reverse osmosis plant, upgraded our wastewater treatment facility, established a recycling program, installed charging stations for electric cars, and installed LED lighting throughout the Royal Naval Dockyard.

“On March 25th, the Royal Naval Dockyard will be participating in Earth Hour by turning off all non-essential lights from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

“We will encourage all Dockyard businesses and tenants to join us in this event to help raise awareness about the importance of conserving energy, reducing our carbon footprint and protecting the environment. To all the locals and visitors planning to be in the area on the night, note that restaurants and businesses will still be open for their normal working hours.

“We encourage you to proceed with your visit to Dockyard and show your support for this initiative. Thank you to Greenrock for the invitation to participate once again and for your continued hard work.

The Bermuda Land Development Corporation

“Please note that BLDC will be participating in the Earth Hour event this Saturday [March 25th] from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. We ask that our tenants participate with us in this event by turning off any unnecessary lights when you close at the end of the day on Saturday.

“For the businesses that plan to be open during Earth Hour and our residential tenants, please do your best to dim or lessen lights in your area without sacrificing the safety of your staff or patrons.

“All efforts to join us in this cause are encouraged and appreciated!

Waterfront Properties

“We are in the process of getting the lighting controls for all of the buildings that we manage adjusted to ensure that a large majority will be plunged into darkness for Earth Hour from 8:30 to 9:30 on Saturday. These include all of the Waterfront buildings [except our restaurants and the Marina, which will need to remain lit for safety reasons], Waterloo House, Point House, Dorchester House and Cumberland House.

“For more information please visit and if you wish to encourage others to participate, please direct them to Greenrock’s Earth Hour Guide for Getting Involved.”

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