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8 local NGO's announce series of Earth Day events

TAIPEI -- A series of Earth Day events initiated by eight local nongovernmental 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.

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