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Lights out for green campaign

THE lights on Shanghai's three tallest buildings will be switched off for an hour on Saturday night as part of a campaign to raise environmental awareness.

Usually spectacularly lit, the Shanghai World Financial Center, Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Jin Mao Tower will be in darkness between 8:30pm and 9:30pm to mark Earth Hour.

The city government announced yesterday its participation in the annual event which, through switching off lights of world landmarks, aims to increase public awareness about climate change and energy saving.

Lights will also be switched off in government buildings for the event.

"The city has promised to create 1,000 new acres of greenlands this year to further improve the environment and people's quality of life," said Liu Weiguang, an official from Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau.

An environmental education program in 5,000 residential communities and 100 schools will be launched soon.

Officials from the local branch of World Wide Fund for Nature, the Earth Hour organizer, said more than 60 cities, including Chengdu, Dalian and Macau, 2,800 companies and 79,000 people in China will take part in the event.


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