By spending an hour in the dark, hotels like Le Meridien joined millions around the world to send a powerful message about a brighter future for the planet.23 March saw the hotel turn off its lights, all except the ones needed for basic amenities (by turning off exterior signage lighting; dimming or turning off non-essential interior lighting; using candlelight in appropriate public areas such as restaurants and bars) to celebrate Earth Hour. For those who don’t know about this world-wide initiative, here is a little crash course! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Earth Hour is a worldwide event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and held towards the end of March annually, encouraging households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. The event first took place in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by turning off all non-essential lights. Following Sydney’s lead, many other cities around the world adopted the event in 2008. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEarth Hour 2013 was being held on 23 March from 8:30 pm To 9:30 pm during participants’ local time.Guests of the hotel and others who gathered to mark the event were encouraged to support the cause by lighting candles in the hotel’s lawns to form the well recognized Earth Hour logo ‘60+ Earth Hour’.’A lot of hotels across the country are doing things for Earth Hour,’ says Meena Bhatia, Vice President, Operations and Marketing, Le Meridien. ‘We chose to light candles on the hotel lawns,’ she explains. Guests were requested with letters to switch off lights for an hour and to join others to mark the 60 minutes. With the kind of response the initiative garnered, clearly they were more than happy to be a part of it.While the flickering candles created a magical atmosphere, it also marked out the gravity of the need to conserve energy across the planet. As granted as we take regular energy sources such as water, electricity and even solar power, Earth Hour is a stark reminder that unless we learn to use resources wisely, a day might come when nothing remains.We switched off for Earth Hour…hope you did too!