Earth Hour 2019: The largest festival for nature returns with local personalities, immersive installations and music acts at Marina Bay Sands
Force of nature
There has, arguably, never been a more environmentally woke time than today. Every father, mother and child has a metal straw in their back pocket (even an extra-large one for their weekly intake of bubble tea) and picking up a bottle of mineral water hasn't been more frowned upon (most bottled water is unhealthily acidic too). Organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Hour 2019 is set to sweep this zeitgeist off its feet with a three-day festival of nature-inspired installations, plant-based F&B and sustainable lifestyle purveyors as well as an entertaining line-up of musical acts at Marina Bay Sands' event plaza in March.
Setting the mise-en-scène by the Singapore River, a hexagonal maze depicting three habitats under threat: forest, ocean and the frozen world will allow visitors to discover the destruction and solutions to the manmade cataclysm.
It's not all doom and gloom though; the festival plans to showcase a more all-around holistic and environmentally conscious lifestyle. With livestock rearing being one of the major contributors to deforestation and the release of greenhouse gases, food served at the family-friendly event will be completely plant-based with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen and Beyond Meat Truck set to bring out a full vegetarian menu. Consumerism gets the guilt-free treatment too with a lifestyle market and hands-on workshops featuring eco-conscious vendors such as natural skincare brand Banyan Tree Essentials.
Wife of Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding and founder of yoga school FitSphere, Liv Lo will make an appearance to conduct an outdoor HIIT yoga session. If working out first thing in the morning is a little too jump the gun, arrive for the festival's main attraction; the countdown to the blackout hour will be ushered in by local entertainment personalities including actor Paul Foster and YouTube sensation Preetipls. Stick around after for a spectacular line-up of local acts featuring the likes of Cosmic Child and Jack and Rai.