At least 15 cities to turn off non-essential lights as part of campaign aimed at raising awareness of need to take action on climate change
Fifteen cities in Israel next week will mark Earth Hour, which calls on residents, business owners and workers in office buildings, institutions and organizations to turn off non-essential lights and electrical appliances for an hour, in order to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change.
Earth Hour is a global campaign which has been held for the past five years in cities across the world, and seeks to get as many people as possible to turn off their lights for an hour.
The message of Earth Hour is that each individual can take simple, effective and significant action to save on energy and reduce the damage caused to earth.
Earth Hour is first and foremost an educational project aimed at raising awareness to protection of the environment, natural resources and quality of life. This year Israel will be the first country to turn off its lights – two days before the rest of the world – on Thursday, March 24, starting at 8 pm.
The cities taking part in the project this year are Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Ashdod, Bat Yam, Yavne, Yeruham, Jerusalem, Kfar Saba, Modiin-Maccabim-Reut, Ness Ziona, Netanya, Petah Tikva, Arad, Raanana, Rehovot and the Tamar Regional Council. Additional cities may still join the initiative.
Ynet and the Yedioth Ahronoth Group will take part in the project, as they do every year. The event will be held in coordination and cooperation with the Israel Police, the Defense Ministry and the Israel Defense Forces.
Government ministries, the Knesset and the IDF’s Kirya Base in Tel Aviv will join Earth Hour and turn off their lights too.
Other partners in the project include the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Life and Environment – the Israeli Union of Environmental NGOs, the Jewish National Fund, Adam Teve V’din – the Israel Union for Environmental Defense, the Israel Bicycle Lane Movment and the Israel Electric Corp. The message of Earth Hour is that each individual can take simple, effective and significant action to save on energy and reduce the damage caused to earth.
The 10th Annual Tribeca Film Festival – the renowned international film festival co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal & Craig Hatkoff – has announced their full feature film program, which includes two films with Israeli roots.
The Tribeca Film Festival, which will run from April 20 to May 1, 2011, has screened more than 1,100 films from more than 80 countries since the first Festival in 2002. This year’s 88 official film selections represent contemporary international filmmaking at its finest
Among the films included in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival are “Rabies” and “Bombay Beach” from Israel.
“Rabies” (“Kalevet”), was directed and written by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. A psychotic serial killer on the loose in the woods crosses paths with a group of unsuspecting teenagers. Soon people are dying one by one… but the bad guy isn’t who you think.
Turning genre conventions on their head with a smart script and plenty of unexpected scares, “Rabies” is a surprising debut worthy of its mantle as Israel’s first-ever slasher horror film. The film is in Hebrew with English subtitles.
”Bombay Beach” was directed by Alma Har’el. The rusting relic of a failed 1960s development boom, the Salton Sea is a barren California landscape and symbol of the failure of the American dream.
Using a stylized amalgam of cinema verité and choreographed dance, “Bombay Beach” revisits this poetically fruitful terrain to find a motley cast including a bipolar seven-year-old, a lovelorn football star, and an octogenarian poet-prophet— creating a moving, distinctive, and slightly surreal documentary experience.