For the 7th consecutive year, HSBC Malta will be participating in Earth Hour and joining HSBC offices in 51 countries in switching off its lights for Earth Hour this Saturday between 8:30pm and 9:30pm.
At the same time, a group of HSBC employees will be joining Nature Trust (Malta), the Ministry for Energy and Conservation of Water, and the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change at the Valletta Waterfront where the majestic façade of the nineteen historical 250-year-old warehouses, built by Grand Master Pinto stretching along the historical quay, will be switched off for that hour. Other supporters of this event include the Scout Association of Malta, St. Joseph Blata l-Bajda Primary School, AV Warehouse and singer William Mangion.
The HSBC staff will be selling candles in support of their Ghana Water Aid Project. So far, over 1,000 candles have been sold at €2 each in recent days as part of a ‘Candle for the Water Aid Ghana Project’, and it is hoped that more funds are raised this Saturday evening.
“HSBC Malta values this campaign as an important and highly symbolic international action to raise awareness about energy consumption,” said Mark Watkinson, HSBC Malta’s CEO. “HSBC runs several programs and initiatives that focus on energy conservation and environmental sustainability, and Earth Hour provides an important annual reminder that we can all do that little bit more to achieve greater environmental sustainability.”
Nature Trust (Malta), as the event organisers, are encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to take accountability for their ecological footprint and participate in Earth Hour from their homes or businesses by turning off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.
HSBC staff, families, and friends are being encouraged by switching off electrical appliances which are normally “on” at that time. This may be of a bit of an inconvenience, but it may also be fun, if planned in advance.