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Holiday Inn San Juan joins the millions worldwide supporting “Earth Hour”

This Saturday, March 29, 2008, millions of people, as well as governments, companies and communities around the globe, will join together to “turn off the lights” for a period of one hour, to show their concern over climate change. In solidarity with the worldwide movement, Holiday Inn San Juan will turn off its lights from 8:00 to 9:00 at night in all common areas of the property, as well as all exterior decorative illumination.  Likewise, the management is encouraging guests to take part in “Earth Hour,” turning off the lights in their rooms.  The hotel will host a candle-lit wine and cheese cocktail during “Earth Hour” in the hotel lobby to bring together all guests.

“Turning off lights for just one hour is a small, simple action that shows that with minimum effort we can make adjustments in our daily lives that can positively impact the fight against climate change,” said Ricky Newman, general manager of the Holiday Inn San Juan.  Newman admitted that the logistics for turning off the lights at night in a hotel is no light matter, since a hotel is open for business 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  “Nevertheless, as part of our efforts we’re recruiting the support of our staff, guests and clients – in the hopes of engaging and inspiring them to take action to reduce their energy consumption, making small actions everyday such as turning off non-essential lights,” he concluded.  For safety and security considerations, hallways and elevators will remain illuminated. 

Global warming is one of the greatest threats the world has ever faced. Our continued reliance on electricity sourced from coal-fired power stations is causing a dramatic increase in the Earth’s temperature, resulting in rising sea levels, an increase in drought and severe storms, and massive changes to the environment we all rely on to survive.