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Earth Day campaign kicks off to raise environmental awareness
Central News Agency
2014-03-27 11:17 AM
Taipei, March 27 (CNA) A series of Earth Day events initiated by eight local non-governmental organizations were announced Thursday to urge the public to pay more attention to environmental issues. The celebrations in observance of Earth Day, which falls on April 22, will echo the global theme of "Green Cities," which promotes sustainable living, said the Taiwan Environmental Information Association (TEIA), one of the event's organizers. There will be forums and activities in which the public will have the opportunity to brainstorm for better development, especially on buildings, energy and transportation, according to TEIA campaigner Lin Lin. "Whether or not these areas can make the transition into a cleaner future will have a profound impact on our lives," Lin said. There will also be green markets to promote non-genetically modified foods and wearing natural fiber, she said. In addition, total prize money of NT$150,000 (US$4,900) will be awarded to enterprises and student societies that come up with initiatives to put green ideas into practice, Lin said. Taiwan's Earth Day campaign, now in its 15th year, will run through early June, with some 15,000 people expected to participate, she said. The global Earth Day was founded in 1970 to raise awareness of the Earth's natural environment and to broaden education about environmental issues. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 as International Mother Earth Day. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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