The Aurora Opera House Gozo to participate in Earth Hour 2015
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The Aurora Opera House, in Victoria, Gozo, has said that for the 5th year running, it will be participating in the global lights-out awareness campaign, entitled Earth Hour. This year, Earth Hour falls on Saturday,the 28th of March, with activities organised in countries all across the world at 8.30pm local time.
The lights-out event itself aims to empower people to make a difference on and beyond one hour to reach out to the hundreds of millions of people within the community and the global Earth Hour communities. This is an opportunity for everyone to take action for the environment, inspire others with one’s actions, spark off conversation, and make real, lasting impact beyond the hour.
Activities to celebrate Earth Hour started in 2007. The activity consisted of a lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change. The Earth Hour Campaign has grown over the years and it engages more than 162 countries and territories worldwide.
The Teatru tal-Opra Aurora will join hundreds of millions of people across the globe in being superheroes for the planet and switching off the lights of our theatre façade for one hour.
This year, the night of the 28th coincides with the transition to summertime. It also coincides with an evening of music and literature that the Leone Band is holding inside the Gozo Cathedral. “But nonetheless, the Aurora Theatre would be still honouring its commitment and turns off its exterior illumination for one hour,” it said.
The Theatre said that its share: 50,000kgs of CO2 avoided annually, and now a mobile-controlled switching system, Earth Hour believes that everyone has power to inspire people and make real change. “That is why the Aurora theatre has, not only been part of it since 2011, but also advertised it in every possible way through its websites, circular mail-shots and even in the national press.”
Every year, hundreds of thousands of businesses, governments and NGO’s have stepped forward to lead and make a contribution. Besides, the Teatru tal-Opra Aurora has been part of this planetary revolution by going well beyond the hour, it said.
After switching to energy saving lighting fixtures, onstage, backstage and at the front of house, the Aurora said that it then, “heavily invested in solar energy. In May 2013, it launched the largest photovoltaic-cells project on the island of Gozo, and has so far saved almost 100,000 kgs of carbon emissions.”
“This year, we also realised that in a large building such as the Aurora, especially in the context of many volunteers hustling and bustling around, lights being incidentally left on can constitute a substantial share of excessively wasted energy.”
Therefore, the Theatre said, “in order to curb on this wastage, the Aurora invested in mobile-controlled switching system, so that, whoever is in charge, can switch off lights even at the most inconvenient hour from the comfort of one’s home.”
“And it is through this mobile-controlled manner, that the Aurora will this year turn off its lights for the hour between 8.30pm and 9.30pm, as our own personnel will be busily engaged in the aforementioned evening of music and literature.”