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Balerno gets set to turn the lights out with Disney classic

Balerno gets set to turn the lights out with Disney classic

Raising awareness for the environment is a challenge that faces millions of activists every day.

But for one hour a year, everybody can chip in and be part of the campaign to preserve the planet’s well-being.

Earth Hour is a project that encourages the citizens of earth to unite and switch off the lights for a full 60 minutes.

And hoping to get everybody in the mood, the Balerno Village Screen is hosting a series of events to coincide with the international day of awareness.

Taking centre stage of the activities is the Disney/Pixar classic WALL-E.

With a theme that looks at the impact humans have on our planet, the movie seems like the perfect choice to get visitors ready for the global event.

Following the screening, Balerno will take part in its first “Switching off the Lights” ceremony.

Designed as a community-wide, family friendly event, the Village Screen are working with other local groups to ensure a good night is had by all.

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The Balerno Village Screen started life in 2013, with the plans to show movies on a monthly basis.

As a community cinema initiative, the project is funded entirely by donations, with volunteers donating their time to help the screenings run smoothly.

And the movies on show are a wide range that are designed to suit most tastes.

Mark Sproul, head of marketing for BVS, said: "Balerno Village Screen is delighted to be involved in raising awareness of Earth Hour and to be involved in Balerno's first ever 'switching the lights off ceremony'.

"We hope that the film WALL-E will appeal to everyone in the community and that many of them will stay on after the film to acknowledge Earth Hour."

The BVS venture also seeks to give something back to local school children who might be interested in moving into the world of film-making.

Late in 2013, animation studio Red Kite ran workshops for local kids who were able to showcase their potential in a number of shorts.

Funding for the project was generated from the Pentlands Neighbourhood Partnership, with a total of 80 local school children participating in the sessions participate at a discounted price.

Started in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has become a massive, mainstream community that focuses on a broad range of environmental issues.

Hosted by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the lights out movement has escalated to more that 7000 cities and towns across the planet.

Designed to encourage individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, the WWF hope that the gesture stands as a symbol for their commitment to planet Earth.

This year’s event is scheduled for between 8:30pm and 9:30pm tonight.

Are you going to the screening and turning out the lights? Let us know by tweeting @STVEdinburgh.

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