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LIGHTS OUT FOR THE REEF Presented by WWF and Earth Hour

Level 1 Library, 24 March 2014 to 11 May 2014.

Earth Hour has evolved from a single moment to a year-round social movement on climate change. On the Earth Hour agenda for 2014 is highlighting the urgent need to protect the Great Barrier Reef from the impacts of climate change. By 2030, just 16 years away, the effects of climate change on the reef will be irreversible, unless we act now.

WWF and Earth Hour present a spectacular exhibition of photographs taken from above and below the Great Barrier Reef which highlight the Reefs fragile beauty and massive scale.

The Great Barrier Reef is the only living organism that can be seen from space with over 1500 different species calling it home.

LIGHTS OUT FOR THE REEF Presented by WWF and Earth Hour
   

CUBA AT THE QUAY PETER VAN SOMMERS

Level 2 Library, 24 March 2014 to 11 May 2014.

Peter van Sommers is a documentary photographer with a doctorate from Harvard who has held professorial positions in the social sciences, visual arts and design in Australia and overseas. In 2013, the photographer accompanied his partner, a member of The Solidarity Choir that participated with Australian Trade Union choristers, in a festival in Santiago de Cuba. The series ‘Cuba at the Quay’ documents this trip and includes several portraits of members of local Cuban choirs, many of which are subsidized by the national government.


As can be seen from the images, the Cuban countryside is fertile, a good deal under crops, with much of the transport depending on horses, bullocks and of course elderly motor vehicles. As a result of recent history the towns and cities are often more than somewhat ramshackle, but the process of restoration is everywhere evident. The population as the photographer encountered them were surprisingly bouyant, highly sociable, healthy and well-educated.


The photographer was born in Melbourne in 1930. His father, Jack Sommers, who died in 1934, was an artist, as was his step-father Eric Thake.

CUBA AT THE QUAY PETER VAN SOMMERS
   

Earth Hour - Lights Out for the Reef

Customs House, Ground Floor

6 March 30 March 2014

Comprised of hundreds of handmade coral forms donated by 350 people around Australia, the vibrant crochet coral reef is here to remind Sydneysiders of the urgent need to protect the Great Barrier Reef from the impacts of climate change. This year Earth Hour's focus is on protecting Australia's Great Barrier Reef, which is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. If we don't act now, in just sixteen years, the effects of climate change on the Reef will be irreversible.

Celebrate Earth Hour by hosting a gathering at home with friends and family or attending an Earth Hour community event on Saturday 29 March. Together, we'll watch the remarkable, world-premiere Earth Hour documentary "It's Lights Out for the Reef" before turning off our lights at 8:30pm to make a stand for our reef.

Show your commitment to saving our beautiful, fragile world before it's too late. www.earthhour.org.au

   

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