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Broadway star to headline Earth Hour event in Hamilton

Bermudian Broadway star Rebecca Faulkenberry is to headline an event in Hamilton marking Earth Hour later this month.

The actor, who played Mary Jane in the Broadway smash hit ‘Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark', will perform songs from the musical outside City Hall on Saturday, March 29, alongside co-star Reeve Carney.

Her appearance is one of a series of activities taking place to celebrate Earth Hour, a global initiative involving more than 7,000 cities which encourages people to turn off their lights for an hour between 8.30pm and 9.30pm and reduce the use of fossil fuels.

Environmental charity Greenrock is organising Bermuda's participation in Earth Hour, including a Living Green Expo on the upper level of Washington Mall from noon to 5pm and an evening of entertainment on City Hall lawn from 6pm to 9.30pm.

At 7pm there will be a film in the City Hall Theatre and at 8.30pm there will be a Walk of Flame — a community walk through the unlit streets of Hamilton with participants carrying tea lights in decorated jars to illuminate the way.

Ms Faulkenberry said: “Earth Hour should just be the start. People must realise that it takes more than just one hour to make a difference and that it involves everyone coming together and taking a real interest in our future, changing their behaviour and practices in support of sustainability.

“I was approached to take part and I had no hesitation in saying yes. It is so important that Bermuda and Bermudians understand the need to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. If my appearance at the Earth Hour event helps that just a little bit, then great.”

Greenrock executive director Gordon Johnson thanked Ms Faulkenberry for her support. “Her appearance helps to raise the profile of this event, which is designed to raise awareness of the need for Bermuda to look to sources other than fossil fuels for its power sources as well as the need to conserve energy use.

“Many people in our community are having a hard time right now meeting all their bills. Reducing the use of electricity or finding alternatives can also help all of us.”

Tickets for the City Hall event are $23 from www.racedayworld.com.

People can also register their support for Earth Hour on Facebook.

To take part in the Living Green Expo contact Ashley Gillis at a.gillis.08@gmail.com or call 333-6097.

Rebecca Faulkenberry

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Published March 12, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated March 12, 2014 at 9:29 am)

Broadway star to headline Earth Hour event in Hamilton

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