World stamp expo celebrates environment day

The 2016 World Stamp Championship Exhibition (PHILATAIPEI) hosted a series of events on Tuesday to highlight the theme of environmental protection.

These included performances by the 929 Band, Sun Son Theatre, and singer-songwriters Dadado Huang (??) and Lin Sheng-xiang (???), who is known for his activism on environmental issues.

Hundreds of stamps featuring the animals, insects and environment of Taiwan were handed out to visitors for free, as long as they brought waste bottles, cans and used batteries to the exhibition.

Visitors were also invited to write blessings on pieces of paper that were attached to a large installation artwork in the shape of a white pigeon, a common symbol for postal services.

"There is less and less grassland in the world and the ocean is drying up. We hope to call attention to the importance of environmental protection through this series of events," said Sophia Chien, director of Chunghwa Post Co.'s Department of Philately.

The World Stamp Championship Exhibition, which kicked off on Oct. 21, will run until Wednesday in Taipei, showcasing 2,450 philately items brought by exhibitors from 80 countries and areas.

Chunghwa Post Co., the nation's official postal service, is hosting this year's exhibition, which is being held in Taiwan for the first time and coincides with the company's 120th anniversary.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel