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Posted: 17th March 2014


“Together, we can all turn the inspiration of one hour, into the actions of every hour…


This is the spirit of the Earth Hour 2014, this year’s global initiative in favour of a more sustainable planet Earth, in which the Aurora Opera House is participating for the 4th year running.

Earth Hour 2013 broke all records to become the largest movement for the planet in human history, spanning over 7,000 cities, 154 countries with a digital reach of 345 million.

What is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour began in 2007, in just Sydney, but it has since grown into a global movement. Some of the world’s most famous wonders, including China’s Forbidden City, the Eiffel Tower, Table Mountain, the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Buckingham Palace, Rio de Janeiro’s statue of Christ the King; Niagara Falls in Canada and Victoria Falls in Zambia, the Empire State Building in New York and the Sydney Opera House, are switching their lights off for an hour.

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. But for that particular hour, between 8.30pm and 9.30pm (of every respective time-zone), on Saturday 29th March 2014, cities switch off the illuminations of their landmarks.

The Aurora Theatre for the 4th year running
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. By taking part in this global lights-out event, we will be acknowledging our commitment to personal and operational actions that benefit the planet in the year ahead. As we celebrate Earth Hour in 2014, we’re excited that there’s so much more we can do beyond the event on March 29. This year we can help re-build sustainable fishing communities in typhoon affected Philippines, support the Earth Hour forest in Uganda, and help protect the Amazon by backing a project or adding our voice to a campaign on

An open invitation
The Teatru tal-Opra Aurora would like to invite its esteemed patrons and website visitors to join us in what promises to be an amazing and inspiring global celebration of our collective commitment to the planet. In the lead up to the Earth Hour 2014, we at the Aurora plan to take a close look at ways our theatre can operate more efficiently, waste less and reduce our ecological footprint. We will share our operational changes with the world on as our commitment to go beyond the hour for Earth Hour 2014 and be superheroes for the planet.

Our share in the hour and beyond – 50,000kgs of CO2 avoided
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. After switching to energy saving lighting fixtures, onstage, backstage and at the front of house, the Aurora 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 50,000 kgs of carbon emissions.

So, while we wait for March 29th to switch off our lights for the world, for an hour, between 8.30pm and 9.30pm (CET), we will continue to promote this noble cause towards the one thing we have in common with all the people out there reading this post from wherever they may be; i.e. planet earth. You are more than welcome to take a personal interest, share and promote, and ultimately imitate these efforts.