40,000 people cheered in Rabin Square last night as the Tel Aviv City Hall lights were turned off and the numerous cyclists powering the Earth Hour concert took their places. At exactly 8pm, Israeli President Shimon Peres ceremoniously turned off the lights in the Azrieli Tower and simultaneously the lights of the City Hall – behind the stage of the concert – were shut off as well. It was dark. But then the music started.
Very appropriately for a concert attempting to raise awareness about global warming, Knesiat Hasechel began with one of their more well-known songs whose chorus includes the line: “tell me it’s hot, tell me it’s cold.” A short clip of the band playing that song, as well as the surrounding darkness, can be seen above.
But Knesiat Hasechel was not the only attraction. There were many more superstars last night, in the form of a group of cyclists to the left of the concert stage who were creating energy to power the event (see clip below). Their energy was supplemented by bio-diesel created from recycled oil.
Update: Benji’s video of the event: