Taipei, Numerous events will be held across Taiwan to observe Earth Hour, including turning off lights for an hour Saturday evening, to encourage real action to reduce energy consumption, event organizers said.
Members of the public are encouraged to turn off unnecessary lights for one hour to "get connected to Earth," said Liu Yue-mei (???), chairwoman of the Society of Wilderness (SOW), which coordinates the events islandwide each year.
"This year we want to also highlight the importance of biodiversity and invite people to mitigate climate change and human disturbances to the environment," Liu said.
In Taipei, an event will be held outside the Taipei City Hall between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., with the lights-off action to take place at 8:30 p.m., according to the society.
There will also be a theater performance in the dark, about how a Taiwanese family reacts to the annual global movement organized by the environmental conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) since 2007.
Local civic groups, including Taiwan Black Bear Conservation Association, Greenpeace, Kuroshio Ocean Education Foundation and Homemakers United Foundation, will also set up booths to interact with event goers about easy steps people can take to protect the environment, such as cutting the use of plastic products.
In Yunlin County, central Taiwan, the SOW event will take place in the park next to the Huwei Township gymnasium, and will feature a parade and a lights-off period starting at 7:30 p.m.
In the neighboring county of Chiayi, a star gazing event will take place to observe Earth Hour starting at 7 p.m. at the Chiayi County Hall.
Event goers will also be guided to interact with local business operators to encourage them to turn off the lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, in Tainan, southern Taiwan, an event will take place at the plaza "Big Tail" near the Tainan Cultural Center at 6:30 p.m., and will feature music and performances by street artists, with the lights-off action to start at 8:30 p.m.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel