Cypriot children paint for a better planet

14:24, March 21, 2010      

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Greek and Turkish Cypriot children, living on the two sides of the divided island, have joined their efforts to fight climate change, by drawing a greener and better planet for generations to live on.

The environment-themed exhibition of children's paintings was inaugurated on Saturday by Cyprus Minister of Education and Culture Adreas Demetriou, who said that environmental issues are more pressing in Cyprus because of its division, which does not allow a comprehensive and uniform environment planning.

The exhibition, organized by Cyprus Green Party and education organizations, is part of the Earth Hour event scheduled for March 27 evening, when people around the world will symbolically turn off lights for an hour.

Through their artistic works, Cypriot children send out a message on the need to curb energy consumption, reduce greenhouse emissions and call for water and forest conservation.

Eleni Mavrou, Mayor of Nicosia, told Xinhua that protecting the environment is a common cause for both Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities.

"It is very positive that children (from two communities) work together on something that unites us, the future of our planet," she said.

On the evening of March 27, Cyprus' Presidential Palace and the Nicosia Ciry Hall will turn off the lights for one hour, said Mavrou, who expects more people will join the Earth Hour event this year.

Source: Xinhua
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