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Expo landmarks join lights-out for green awareness

LIGHTS on permanent structures from the Shanghai World Expo site will be switched off for an hour on Saturday night as part of a worldwide campaign to raise awareness on climate change and environmental protection.

And, as in previous years, the city's three tallest buildings are expected have a lights-out between 8:30pm and 9:30pm to mark Earth Hour.

Management from the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Jin Mao Tower said the buildings will be in darkness for this time and encouraged their tenants to participate where possible.

Officials from Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau said the city government has promised to participate in Earth Hour and detailed plans will be worked out today.

"Lights will be switched off in governmental buildings and activities will be launched in parks and communities to promote knowledge of environmental protection and energy saving," said Liu Weiguang, a bureau official.

The local branch of Earth Hour organizer the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), said it is the first time the permanent structures - four pavilions and an overpass from the 2010 Expo - have taken part.

"It's good that Expo landmarks are joining Earth Hour," said Li Yuan, a WWF official.

"Major buildings in Lujiazui financial zone in Pudong and buildings in downtown Jing'an, including Jing'an Temple, are also participating."

WWF China will also hold activities in a square in Jing'an and Shanghai Botanic Garden, added Li.

The group has also launched an iPhone app for the event.

By yesterday, more than 67,600 local people had registered on the Earth Hour in China website, pledging to participate in the event.

"All Hilton hotels have a special Hilton LightStay project to mark Earth Hour," said spokeswoman Cindy Zhao at Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao.

"We are also holding some shows and events on the day to promote energy saving and environmental protection."

Last year, 86 Chinese cities participated in Earth Hour.

More than 99,400 people and 3,740 companies and organizations in Shanghai participated by registering and making commitments at the Earth Hour website last year.


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