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Out go the lights as city takes part in Earth Hour

SCENIC spots such as Xintiandi and Lujiazui will be plunged into darkness tonight to join the Earth Hour campaign, as world landmarks switch off lights to arouse public awareness of climate change.

The lights of Shanghai's three tallest buildings -- the 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 said dozens of Chinese cities such as Chengdu, Dalian and Hong Kong would be taking part. Some 2,500 cities from 120 countries and regions will be involved.

The Forbidden City in Beijing will turn off its lights for Earth Hour along with other iconic world landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Sydney Opera House and the London Eye, WWF China said

The Shanghai government is taking part with city and district government buildings' scenic lighting turned off for the hour.

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

Over 200 companies, 122 primary and middle schools and kindergartens, 20 universities, 350 communities and some 100 commercial buildings in Shanghai are participating in the campaign to support action on climate change.

Li said university students will distribute pamphlets on energy saving in Xintiandi today. "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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