How The Belize Collection Observes Earth Hour Year Round

by Giulissa Hernandez

With conservation at its core, The Belize Collection – offering an eclectic selection of resorts, restaurants, and residences in Belize, Central America – has long been a champion of all things sustainability.  While the world prepares to unite for Earth Hour 2024 on March 23rd, their commitment to sustainability extends far beyond just one evening. With The Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant leading the pack, this collection of resorts observes Earth Hour monthly. Every full moon, Sleeping Giant,  now along with Umaya Resort and The Lodge at Jaguar Reef, hosts a special candlelit dinner event. Dubbed “Lights Out” this monthly mini “Earth Hour” underscores both conservation and camaraderie with Belize’s natural landscapes as its backdrop.

A Night of Magic, Conversation, and Conservation

The perfect evening starts like this: the sun dips below the horizon, casting indigo shadows in the sky as the first stars emerge like tiny pinpricks of light. As darkness descends, the gentle rustle of palm fronds and the distant chirping of crickets fill the air. This symphony is guaranteed to lull you into a state of tranquility. It is in these moments that the true beauty of Belize reveals itself. 

Amidst the soft glow of candlelight and the shimmering reflections of starlight, a sense of togetherness pervades the air. It’s the perfect moment to enjoy quality time with your loved ones, or perhaps make a few new friends. This is the essence of the Belize Collection’s “Lights Out” experience—an opportunity to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life and reconnect with nature in its purest form.

Promoting Sustainability

The Grove House at Night. Photo courtesy of The Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant

Beyond the magical ambiance, Lights Out serves a greater purpose: raising awareness about the importance of sustainability. By voluntarily switching off non-essential lights for one evening each month, guests contribute to reducing their environmental footprint. Not only that, but visitors also learn how to ensure Belize’s natural beauty remains intact for years to come. Experiencing an hour surrounded by nature and friends puts many things into perspective. It makes us think of Mother Nature and how we as people should do our best to protect it. Only an hour a month sounds little, but it’s a great first step to start appreciating our shared home. 

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Whether you find yourself lounging on the beach at Umaya Resort, nestled in the rainforest at Sleeping Giant, or enjoying the laid-back luxury of The Lodge at Jaguar Reef, we invite you to join the ongoing commitment to sustainability. Celebrate Earth Hour monthly and experience firsthand the beauty of Belize under the glow of the moon.

All photos courtesy of The Belize Collection

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