2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the ‘Global Greening’ campaign – an initiative aimed at encouraging nations around the world to join Ireland’s St. Patrick’s celebrations, while enticing tourists to visit the emerald island of Ireland. The ‘Global Greening’ began a decade ago, when just the Sydney Opera House and the Sky Tower in Auckland went green. 10 years later Tourism Ireland is celebrating the biggest ‘greening’ to date.
With 70-80 million people around the world claiming Irish heritage, St Patrick’s Day is the one National Holiday that is celebrated in more countries than any other.
Until recent years the highlight of the celebrations was the traditional St Patrick’s Day parade.
This year 450 sites in 53 different countries signed up to go green. From Rome to Rio and from London to Las Vegas, a host of famous buildings around the world are turning on their green lights.
New ‘greenings’ for 2019 include:
- Dubai’s Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building at 828m
- Victoria Falls – the world’s largest waterfall
- Cornwall’s Eden Project – the world’s largest indoor rainforest
They join old favourites like the Colosseum, Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris and the Las Vegas Welcome Sign.
Every year, the sites and buildings get quirkier and more spectacular, and 2019 is no different:
- Pari Roller in Paris: one of the biggest street-skating events in the world, which will see hundreds of roller-skaters gliding through the streets of the French capital. They’ll stop at the Palais de Chaillot, where they’ll carry bright green glow sticks to celebrate our national day.
- St. Patrick’s Bike Parade in Amsterdam: a festive green procession of bicycles, with the bike wheels illuminated with green LED lights. The parade will bring together two cultures: the bike (iconic for Amsterdam) and St. Patrick’s Day (known for parades and turning the world green).
- ‘Niki’ Cathay Pacific DC-3 airplane in Hong Kong: a replica of Cathay Pacific’s second airplane, located in Cathay City, the headquarters of Cathay Pacific.
- A leopard statue called ‘Chiu’ in Kenya: a statue in Karura Forest in Nairobi, made by a local artist from recycled scrap metal.
- ‘Mac the Moose’ in the city of Moose Jaw, in Saskatchewan, Canada: a steel and concrete sculpture of a moose, standing 32 feet tall.
- Perlan in Reykjavík: a futuristic, revolving glass-domed restaurant on the top of Öskjuhlíð hill in the Icelandic capital.
- The world’s largest Muskoka chair in Gravenhurst, Canada: at 21 feet high, this distinctive, outdoor chair made of wood is located in the city of Gravenhurst in the Muskoka region of Ontario.
- The Wawa Goose – an 8.5 metre, metal goose statue, which stands along the TransCanada Highway outside the small town of Wawa in northern Ontario, Canada.
- The Big Fiddle of the Ceilidh – the world’s largest fiddle, on Cape Breton Island in Canada.
- Two of Australia’s famous ‘Big Things’ – The Big Banana and The Big Kangaroo; and a carp statue, called ‘Fridolin’, in the town of Höchstadt an der Aisch, in Bavaria
Global Shares embraces the ‘Global Greening’ initiative
As an Irish-owned, Irish-headquartered company with offices in 11 global locations, colleagues with 22 nationalities, clients headquartered in 27 different countries and participants in 100+ countries worldwide, Global Shares embraces this ‘Global Greening’ initiative to deepen Ireland’s links to the far corners of the globe. We have marked the celebrations locally at all of our offices, and look forward to extending the celebrations in 2020 and beyond!
Gallery of the ‘Global Greening’ photos
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About Global Shares:
Global Shares – Winner of the Deloitte FinTech Company of the Year Award 2017, and a Deloitte Fast 50™ Company 2018 – is a leading provider of equity compensation management solutions, providing Share Plan Administration, Global Custody, Share-Dealing, Financial Reporting and expert support services to corporate clients and their employees in over 100 countries worldwide. We develop highly specialised cloud-based software and service solutions for private and public companies of all sizes to manage their employee equity plans globally. We are a regulated MiFID and FINRA/SEC financial services firm. Our technology platform is developed 100% in-house, whilst our highly skilled team of over 240 equity professionals deliver the highest levels of service with a personal touch. Our client listing includes some of the largest and best-known companies in the world who use equity compensation to engage, attract and retain a top-class employee base through share ownership and profit sharing. Our Software has set a new benchmark for the global share plan administration industry. Global Shares is headquartered in Ireland, with offices in Japan, China, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and Portugal. For more information please visit: https://www.globalshares.com