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Lights Out, Tel Aviv – Part 2

March 30, 2008

I know this is about 847 years late, but better late than never, right? Or something. As I reported a while back, Tel Aviv chose to participate in Earth Hour where all lights in the city were going to be turned off.

Lights out AzrieliAs opposed to the rest of the world cities that participated on Saturday, Tel Aviv actually moved it’s Earth Hour to Thursday because of problems that could arise with Shabbat and to make sure it was effective. At 8 pm, lights in Tel Aviv went out. It was completely dark. Not a light in the city. You couldn’t see your hand in front of your face. Even if you slapped your face. You’d wonder where the slap came from.

OK, so I’m slightly exaggerating, but the truth is that Earth Hour in Tel Aviv was a big success. Lights were turned off in almost all the major buildings (i.e. Azrielli and the Iriya) and literally thousands upon thousands of businesses and citizens turned their lights off between 8 and 9 pm.

Even at Channel 10 we did our part (sorta). At the top of the 8 o’clock newscast (which begins at 7:58 – don’t ask), Miki, the anchorwoman, ordered our lights out. It’s a cool concept, but we couldn’t see the line ups, so we had tons of mistakes during the newscast.

Not really, it went well, actually, and we had enough lights from the monitors. I personally suggested we do the entire newscast without electricity, but for some reason no one else thought it was a good idea.

So one after the other, lights went out in the city – an approximate equivalent of 700,000 (!!!) light bulbs were turned off, bringing total wattage saved in Tel Aviv, after all calculations of regular drops in electricity etc. to over 20 megawatts – the same as Sydney last year. FYI – 20 megawatts is equal the gas emissions of 40,000 cars a day (!!!).

In Kikar Rabin, some 40,000 people gathered to see the lights of the Iriya turned off by the Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, and to hear an acoustic version of Knesiat Hasechel’s music.

Only the first row could hear.

Not really – the concert was powered by a bicycle generator and used vegetable oil, namely falafel oil (I’m not kidding on either counts).

By the way, the reason you see some lights on in the building is because 1) some people are idiots and forgot to turn off their lights regardless, and 2) those are mostly hi tech companies, and many people were, most likely, still working.

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