Watching a film isn't normally a newsworthy event, but sometimes going to the cinema can be so much more than that, if that event happens to be powered not by the grid, but by bicycles instead.
Powering conventional events, such as an outdoor movie night, by unconventional means, such as renewable and clean energy, is a great gateway experience for those who wouldn't otherwise give a second thought to their energy choices, as it provides a learning opportunity about sustainability and environmental initiatives.
And at the Melbourne Girls' College (MGC), one of the 2015 winners of the Zayed Future Energy Prize awards, the annual Pedal Powered Moonlight cinema is just one of the ways that the school's Sustainability Collective engages with its community on a very practical and real-world level.
This carbon neutral pedal-powered event has been taking place for four years now, and is an excellent example of taking sustainability and environmental issues out of the classroom and into the community to build connections with community members:
"It is typical of the creative and innovative approach Melbourne Girls’ College takes to engaging the community with sustainability issues, by focusing on positive actions students and the wider community can take rather than lecturing about the ‘plight of the environment’." - MGC
Students at MGC, as well as other community volunteers, pedal all day long to generate enough electricity for the film, and the public is encouraged to jump on one of the bikes and provide some of the energy for the event. The Pedal Powered Moonlight cinema event also includes musicians, side show acts such as pedal powered slot cars and carousel, and other entertainment, as well as eco-friendly vendors selling pedal-powered coffee, smoothies, and other goodies.