Chinese Cities to Participate in Earth Hour
    2011-03-26 14:54:27      Web Editor: Zhang

Environmental protection volunteers in east China's Anhui Province show their posters for Earth Hour on Friday, March 25, 2011. [Photo: Xinhua]

Eighty-five Chinese cities will participate in the annual Earth Hour event today and have promised to make corresponding environmental protection changes, China News Service reports.

The number of Chinese cities participating in this year's event is twice the number that participated last year.

The cities will join thousands of others in 131 countries and regions worldwide in voluntarily turning out the lights at some public buildings and landmarks from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. to show their support for environmental protection.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said it was pleased that major landmarks in large Chinese cities would turn out their lights during Earth Hour, including Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium and National Centre for Performing Arts as well as Shanghai's World Financial Center and Oriental Peal TV Tower.

In addition, many Chinese cities have also planned long-term environmental protection activities. Cities in central China's Henan Province said they would protect the Yellow River by expanding the forestation scale, with no less than 50,000 trees planted per year. Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, promised to provide 60,000 bicycles for public rental to try to reduce carbon emissions.

Earth Hour has also attracted many Chinese enterprises, Olympic champions, TV hosts and movie stars who have called attention to various efforts to protect the environment.

Earth Hour is a global event initiated by the WWF, which occurs on last Saturday of March. It started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia.

The WWF is a non-governmental organization that advocates animal protection and environmentally sustainable action.


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