Fri, Jun 22, 2007 - Page 4 News List

`Lights out' events take place tonight: environmentalists

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Several environmental groups will launch a "Lights Out" campaign tonight, calling on the public to turn off their lights for between 10 minutes and one hour to save energy and reduce global warming.

The campaign has been organized by the Society of Wilderness and the Delta Electronics Foundation to coincide with the advent of the summer solstice for the last two years. The society said some 650,000 people around the country would take part in the campaign.

More than 100 local government buildings as well as Hsinchu Science Park-based firms, high-speed railway stations, Taipei 101 and Kaohsiung's Love River and Tamsui museums were planning to turn off unnecessary lights on their outside walls, organizers said.

Several countries around the world were to hold similar activities last night, including the UK, Japan and South Korea.

A Delta Electronics Foundation executive said the campaign was aimed at arousing the public's awareness of energy saving, and expressed the hope that everybody could contribute creative suggestions on how to protect the Earth.

Several electricity-free concerts will be held tonight in Taiwan and around the globe. In addition, event organizers invited the public to not just turn off their lights, but also to embrace nature by participating in outdoor activities.

More information is available at sow.org.tw.

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