By Una Murphy
In Belfast tonight they’re putting their lights out – but in a good way – at the first performance in Northern Ireland of ‘The Four Directions’ a new work by English composer Kirsty Martin to mark Earth Hour.
Earth Hour is the world’s biggest grassroots movement for the environment and lights hundreds of the world’s most iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, Taipei 101 and the Sydney Opera House will be switched off at 8.30pm local time.
“Whether it is the flick of a switch or the click of a mouse, Earth Hour’s enduring appeal lies in its ability to connect people and show them that we all stand united in our ambition to change climate change,” said Earth Hour Global ‘s Siddarth Das.
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Since then it has grown into a ‘lights out’ events in 172 countries and territories worldwide. WWF (The World Wide Fund for Nature) an international non-governmental organization organises the event across the globe to “shine a light” on climate change.
“Belfast’s Earth Hour will include a choral celebration of the elemental of earth,” said Kirsty Martin the composer of The Four Directions, who is based in Brighton.
“Singers from all over Northern Ireland will be performing using torch light at the Agape Centre on the Lisburn Road at 7pm with money raised going to charities including the Campaign Against Climate Change.”
Earth hour posters and a social media tool kit are available at https://www.earthhour.org/earth-hour-starter-kit
So don’t forget to put your lights out Belfast!
Here are some of highlights from last year’s Earth Hour: http://youtu.be/B9F22aJAUuU