More than 20 million Russians will join the Earth Hour international environmental action on March 29, 2014, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia Director Igor Chestin said.
Action participants switch off lights for one hour on the last Saturday of March. Illumination of landmark buildings is also switched off across the globe.
"The action involved about 2 billion people from 150 countries or nearly a third of the world population last year. About 18 million Russians joined the action in 2013. We expect a turnout higher than 20 million this year," Chestin told reporters on Wednesday.
Illumination of the Moscow Kremlin, the House of Government and other remarkable buildings will be switched off for one hour at 8:30 p.m. Cyclists will depart from Vasilyevsky Spusk for the Moscow government's building at 36, Novy Arbat Street at 8:40 p.m. to partake in a flash mob. They will use candles to write 60+ (the action symbol) and to depict the shape of Spiderman, this year's Earth Hour ambassador. A crowd of children dressed up as Spiderman will participate in the Novy Arbat flash mob.
Moscow environmental management department head Anton Kulbachevsky told reporters the illumination of more than 250 buildings in Moscow would be switched off on this year's Earth Hour. "We switched off the illumination of over 100 buildings last year and saved 309 megawatts," he said.
Last year the action was dedicated to the protection of forests, and the protection of certain types of wild animals would be this year's focus, Kulbachevsky said.
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