Taipei, April 25 (CNA) Taichung in central Taiwan has become the first city in Asia to be awarded a Green City Network award by Environment Online (ENO), an international virtual school and network for promoting sustainable development.
City Mayor Jason Hu received the award Wednesday from Mika Vanhanen of Finland, founder and director of ENO, and signed an agreement to help promote the green concept at City Hall in a ceremony that was part of the 2nd Asia ENO Conference held at the city's Mingdao High School April 23-27.
Hu said the foundation has addressed the core values of communication technology and environmental protection, which he described as the two most important issues today.
Virtual networks can break through geographical boundaries and help the Earth become a better place to live in, he said.
The foundation, established 12 years ago, has members from 7,000 schools in over 150 countries. It has highlighted the themes of climate change, ecological conditions and forestry and water resource protection, and it hopes to spread its message further and to plant 100 million trees around the world by 2017.
Other cities such as Ljubljana in Slovenia and Cape Town in South Africa were also chosen for inclusion in the Green City Network awards.
(By Hao Hsueh-chin and Maia Huang)