Tuesday, April 3, 2012

How MLH went beyond the hour to celebrate Earth Hour 2012: Slow Food Earth Hour Dinner

As the largest environmental event in history, Earth Hour asked people and communities around the world to switch off their lights for one hour as a silent but powerful statement about the effects of human-accelerated climate change. Last year, more than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour, and thousands of individuals took advantage of the opportunity to go “Beyond The Hour” to change their energy consumption habits for good. MLH who have been active in their green initiatives have taken the Earth Hour celebrations which beyond the idea of it being a trend.

“WE at MLH have celebrated it three years running and the only way Earth Hour can make a real difference is to recognize and celebrate the fact that this is the greatest time to be alive, and to illuminate global climate change,” stated Mr Anura Dewapura, General Manager of MLH and the initiator of the Slow Food Chapter in Sri Lanka. “We went beyond the hour and made it an evening mixed with responsibility, sustainability and a celebration of nature in its purest form.” 30th Slow Food Night at MLH was held as a celebration to the significant hour of need and emphasized that it is more than just switching off the lights for an hour. Slow Food is the world’s largest single campaign in support of planet earth.

The 30th Slow Food Dinner showed off with Chef Riccardo from Vakarufalhi doing the honours of presenting the menu by candlelight. All featured menu items were ingredients that are local and seasonal. This was a truly great event and an elegant way to spend Earth Hour.

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