Mauritius celebrates Earth Day
The island of Mauritius is gearing up to celebrate Earth Day today (22nd April), a celebration of the natural world and an environmental initiative dedicated to ensuring the preservation of earth’s natural resources (its flora and fauna).
At the heart of Earth Day’s mission is a thought-provoking attempt to broaden diversity and activate the environmental movement on issues such as light pollution, deforestation, climate change and endangered species. People around the planet are encouraged to join local events to get involved.
Among Air Mauritius’s partners on the island taking part are a number of hotels who are either planning something special for the day or who have an ongoing sustainable environmental initiative.
Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa has a full roster of events planned. Firstly, it is organizing a Beach Clean Up at Ilot Mangénie (its private exclusive island for guests) and Ilot Bourgault (one of the island’s still wild areas where it is planning some activities such as bird feeding).
A talk is also being organised for Earth Day by Shangri-La to stress its importance to colleagues. To finish there will be a tree plating ceremony (22 in total) to mark Earth Day. Guests will be able to purchase a tree at €50 each to contribute to its ‘Sanctuary’ projects, a long-term effort by Shangri-La to preserve the natural habitat of our planet.
SO Sofitel Mauritius has invited the underwater photographer Sandrine Pictet for an exclusive exhibit from 19-25 April at bar Takamaka which looks at the urgency to preserve local biodiversity. The initiative forms part of Accor’s Planet 21, a long-term programme to protect the environment.
As part of Planet 21, ambassadors carried out a beach clean in Mauritius in April before hotel director, Eric Zucchi, planted an endemic tree in the Hibiscus garden.
Similarly, Sun Resorts will be marking Earth Day with a big clean up of the beach and property on the morning of 23 April.
Beachcomber Le Mauricia will also be involved in beach cleaning and planting endemic trees with guests. At Beachcomber Le Victoria a note will be put in rooms to invite guests to participate to in the cleaning of the beach, garden and lagoon. Paradis Hotel & Golf Club + Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa will also be endemic tree planting.
Meanwhile, Outrigger Resorts is making its mission to protect coral reef systems (60% of the world’s coral reefs are under immediate threat). In 2015, Outrigger launched OZONE (Outrigger's ZONE) – a global conservation initiative centred on coral health and resiliency in the waters surrounding its iconic beach destinations.
In Mauritius, Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort is currently working closely with the NGO Reef Conservation to prepare a snorkelling trail in the lagoon just in front of the resort. Activities and in-room amenities will also raise awareness about the status of coral reef systems and enhance guest experience (both adults and children) at the resort.
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