Lights out: Pictured above is Mike Sinclair of Belco on a power-generating bike that wil be available for demonstrations at Earth Hour on Saturday. *Photo supplied
FRIDAY, MAR. 30: Power-generating pedal bikes demonstrating how much energy it takes to power LED light bulbs are just some of the exhibits on display this Saturday as part of the Earth Hour Expo.
Along with cities the world over, Hamilton city lights will be switched out from 8:30pm to 9:30pm in a bid to encourage people to turn off their lights and other electrical appliances when they are not being used.
Mechanical engineer in training at Belco, Mike Sinclair, was one of a team of six who worked on the bikes which will be used to power an Earth Hour projector on the night.
Sinclair told the Sun: “Hopefully the bikes will give people an appreciation of the amount of work involved in actually creating power. We hope that it will raise awareness about energy conservation. When the lights are out and you can plug it into various devices and how much power you need to put into it to get them working.”
The free community event aims to raise awareness on sustainable living in Bermuda through various exhibitors and a full line-up of entertainment.
There will also be live entertainment, child-friendly activities and healthy food stalls. There will be free screenings inside City Hall of documentaries Tapped at 5pm about the bottled water industry and Bag It at 6:30pm highlighting the impact of plastic on our environment.
Earth Hour takes place on the steps of City Hall from 5pm to 10pm.
Greenrock Management Committee member Eugene Dean said: “This year’s Earth Hour Expo seeks to showcase simple solutions to climate change, now a global crisis, while providing more avenues for raising awareness about its harmful effects.
“With several other notable events taking place during the day this Saturday, the Earth Hour Expo has been scheduled during the evening hours and designed to provide the entire community with an opportunity to take part in Bermuda’s version of the largest environmental action in history.”
Live entertainers include Rivah, Christina Quinn, Gavin ‘Sunjata’ Smith, Joy T. Barnum, Live Wires and Princess Black and there will be demonstrations by Capoeira Camara, fire spinners and Dawn and The Rhythm Fore Drummers during the lights out celebration.