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Time to Turn Off Your Lights

International broadcast organization notes effort to promote energy awareness.

It’s a weekend to turn off your lights.

The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union says a number of its radio members are promoting an initiative that tries to raise awareness of global warming. The Tokyo Broadcasting System suggested this at an ABU General Assembly in Iran in November.

Organizers want people to turn lights off for an hour or two on June 21, timed with the solstice and the arrival of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

According to the site, since 2003 a small group of people in Japan have promoted “Candle Night” events and 60,000 facilities participated in the nationwide campaign last year.

“TBS Japan supported by ABU and its members appealed to the public not only to save energy but to gather members of (the) ABU region to deliberate about environmental issues,” the ABU reported.

ABU members taking part are Radio Television Hong Kong, China National Radio Korea Broadcasting System, Radio Nepal, Radio Republic Indonesia, Radio Australia, Sri Lanka’s Maharaja Broadcasting Corporation Radio, Voice of Maldives and Public National Radio and Television of Mongolia.