Friday, May 19, 2017 Global landmarks going green on World Environment Day

Landmarks from China and Thailand to Morocco and Canada will be bathed in green light to remind citizens of the need to protect the environment

As night sweeps around the globe on 5 June, landmarks including the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Empire State Building, and Turin’s elegant Mole Antonelliana will turn green to highlight the need to protect our threatened environment.

In New York, actor and advocate Adrian Grenier, known for his role as A-list movie star Vincent Chase in the HBO smash hit 'Entourage' and for championing social and environmental causes, will throw the switch to bathe the Empire State Building in green light to mark World Environment Day.

Other landmarks going green include China’s Guangzhou Tower and the Water Cube in Beijing; the CN Tower in Toronto; the Moroccan Parliament in Rabat; and the city halls of Venice and Bangkok. The 829.8 metre Burj Khalifa skyscraper is the world’s tallest artificial structure.

Its not just buildings: Niagara Falls and the Panama Canal are also turning green, and more landmarks are expected to join the list.

Greening famous buildings and natural landmarks is part of a rolling 24-hour cycle of celebrations and activities on World Environment Day. It is the United Nations’ big day for mobilizing people in support of the environment.

Governments including Canada, the host of this year’s official celebrations, as well as companies and citizens are organizing thousands of events across the planet, many of them in line with this year’s theme of connecting people with nature.

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