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City blackout to mark Earth Hour

SCENIC spots such as Xintiandi and Lujiazui will be plunged into darkness on Saturday night to join the Earth Hour campaign, as world landmarks switch off lights to arouse public awareness of environmental protection and energy saving.

The lights of Shanghai's three tallest buildings - Shanghai World Financial Center, Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Jin Mao Tower - will be turned off from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, as they did for last year's Earth Hour.

Officials from World Wide Fund for Nature, the project organizer, said dozens of Chinese cities have promised to take part and Shanghai government will soon announce a one-hour blackout on city and district government buildings.

"Unlike last year's Earth Hour when we held a ceremony, we decided to promote a low-carbon lifestyle among the public instead of holding a special get-together this year," said Li Yuan, a local WWF official.

"A total of 114 local primary and middle schools and some 20 universities have taken part in the campaign to teach students and people around them about climate change and environmental protection and how to combine this knowledge in their daily life."

She said university students will distribute pamphlets on energy saving and tips of low-carbon lifestyles in Xintiandi on Saturday. "Recycled chopsticks and water cups will be handed out to teach people to protect the environment with small steps," Li said.


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