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Taipei mayor predicts more than 6,000 people to run for Earth Day

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said yesterday that he will run in the Earth Day Run, an event promoting environmental protection scheduled for April 20 in Taipei, adding that over 6,000 people will take part.

Hau said it is an honor that National Geographic Channel International (NGIC, 國家地理頻道) chose Taipei City as the starting point for Earth Day.

Joanne Tsai (蔡秋安), general manager of National Geographic for Taiwan and China, said the event will be held at Dachia Riverside Park (大佳河濱公園). There will be two routes, one 4 kilometers long and the other 13.5 kilometers long.

Hau said that after years of regulation and management on Dazhi River, the riverside park has became a popular venue for leisure activities.

The mayor said attending the event is a nice way to turn knowledge about environmental protection into real action.

JJ Lin (林俊傑), Singaporean songwriter and event spokesperson, said running is a good way for people to show their appreciation to the Earth, as it does not generate waste and is beneficial to the human body.

Tsai said there will be a small concert held at Dachia Riverside Park, where Lin and other singers and bands will perform after the event.

Taipei Sets Record for Environmental Protection

Hau said Taiwan achieved an unprecedented outcome in 2004 when it converted the Fudekeng landfills (福德坑衛生掩埋場) into an eco-friendly park.

Hau said that 10 years ago Taipei required three incinerators handling 3,000 tons of trash a day. Now the city produces less than 1,000 tons of trash daily and only requires one incinerator. This shows that Taipei citizens are more aware of the environment's importance, he said.

For more information about the Earth Day Run, visit: www.fictw.com/ngc

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