Honoring Earth Hour
Last week Florblanca honored Earth Hour. According to www.earthhour.org, Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world. Born out of a hope that we could mobilize people to take action on climate change, Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment.
This year, Florblanca hosted a dinner with no electricity offering food and drinks made from home grown and local ingredients. The restaurant was lit by candle only, and even our chefs cooked by candlelight. Our chefs offered fresh rock lobster, Costa Rican grass fed beef, fresh mahi mahi, and local pork right off the grill. Each plate was accompanied with veggies, rice, ceviche, and a side of patacones and guacamole. Patacones are a very typical food here in Costa Rica and are made my smashing a plantain into a flat round disk after being fried. Topped with a pinch of salt and dipped in the best guacamole in the world, they are delicious!
We invited all of our guests to join in our efforts by turning off the lights in their villas and provided extra candles for lighting. Many of our clients did participate, and our staff was full of joy to see the entire property glowing with candles only for this very special hour.
We were overjoyed with the outcome of the dinner and the support we saw on this day. All of our guests,along with many of our friends and neighbors joined us to celebrate this important day of awareness. Even if our impact was only a bit in this global project, it was fun to participate and teach our clients, our friends and our employees. It will be an annual tradition.
For more information on Earth Hour and how you can help with the climate crisis, please check out www.earthhour.org.
We send a very special thanks to our director of sustainability, Maricel Segura, for organizing Earth Hour at Florblanca.