The Mayor of El Ejido, Francisco Góngora, and the Delegate for Gas Natural Andalucía in Granada and Almería, Mariana García, opened the ‘Energy’ exhibition today, which will be open to the public until 6 March at the El Ejido Theatre Auditorium.
The exhibition aims to transmit the fundamental role energy plays in the development of society and invites viewers to think about the energy of the future and the tools available to tackle that future in a responsible way. Visitors to the exhibition will discover the history of energy presented in an educational manner via a modular display of great visual impact, for which recycled materials have been used.
Entry to the exhibition is free and self-guided educational activities related to the exhibition are also available. These are aimed at students from all levels of education and the general public. These actions are aimed at raising awareness about the work carried out by the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation and its Gas Museum. Before the exhibition is officially opened in El Ejido it will be visited by 700 school pupils.
El Ejido is the second city in Andalusia to be visited by this exhibition, which will also travel to Salobreña and Motril, among others. The exhibition has just closed its doors in Roquetas de Mar, where it received over 1,700 people and almost 850 local school children took part in the educational activities that accompany the exhibition.
The advent of public lighting in cities lit up the night and broke the agricultural cycle that had previously prevailed. This saw the birth of a new kind of activity which had been previously unthinkable: cities began offering a host of cultural and entertainment options at night, and work days in factories were extended beyond the hours of natural light.
In addition to facilitating public lighting, gas was introduced into homes via modern domestic appliances, known in Spain as "gasodomésticos", which brought convenience and comfort to the upper classes.
The exhibition also reflects on the future of energy and the tools available to ensure sustainable energy production. By presenting the different energy alternatives that are available, the exhibition gives visitors the keys to understanding the advantage and drawbacks of all sources of energy to emphasise that there are no magic formulas for solving our energy needs in the future.
The coming decades will be marked by security of supply, economic costs and their impact on the environment, as well as mankind's capacity for technical and social innovation. Encouraging responsible energy consumption with minimal environmental impact through savings and efficiency will be among the crucial issues of our future agenda.
The Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation
The Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation, founded in 1992, targets its activity at the promotion of information, training and increased social awareness on improving energy efficiency and technological innovation in the field of energy while respecting and protecting the environment, and promotes cultural activities through the Gas Museum aimed at preserving and spreading knowledge about the historical and cultural heritage of the sector. It also has a programme to support exports for small and medium-sized enterprises. Its international operations take place in Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Morocco, Italy and Moldova.
The Gas Museum is a cultural centre combining a permanent exhibition with the organisation of temporary exhibitions, conferences, an educational programme for schools, activities for children and adults, and film and music seasons.
EL EJIDO (ALMERIA) (SPAIN), 17 FEB 2015