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MOSCOW, March 29. /TASS/. Surgut became the capital of the environmental campaign of the world wildlife Fund (WWF) “Earth Hour” in Russia, the three leaders also joined the Tambov and Murmansk. About it reports a press-service of WWF Russia.

The “capital of Earth Hour” in 2018 will be Surgut. The administration of Surgut will soon get a 30-centimetre statue c gilded brass globe and emerald green crown engraved with the name of the city. And in 2018, the representative of the city administration will be invited to the Central area of the action “Earth Hour” in Moscow”, – stated in the message.

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To support your city in last 25 March the action “Earth Hour”, its residents had to mark your location on the map on the website 60.wwf.ru. The competition was attended by 100 of the largest cities of Russia . The winner is determined on the basis of population, proportion of its residents who took part in the action.

Most labels on the map has left the residents of Moscow and St. Petersburg. However, when comparing cities by the share of participants among the General population, Moscow took 30th place, and St. Petersburg- 32-E. the Honorary second place was taken by Tambov, it is followed by the Murmansk. Fourth and fifth places went to Balashikha, and the capital of Khakassia Abakan, followed by those in Mytishchi, Tver, Tyumen, and Voronezh, and closes the top ten leaders of Krasnodar.

Just to “Hour of the Earth” joined more than 150 cities of Russia. Many of them were disabled illumination of buildings, held parades, and other events designed to draw people’s attention to environmental problems. Thus, Internet participants in the “Earth Hour” supported the operation “Den – 2017” on the conservation of polar bears and raised funds to rent a vehicle to “polar Bear patrol” for one season and the purchase of 14 sets of walkie-talkies.

Ecological action “Earth Hour”, which at 60 minutes turn off lights and appliances, this year was the eleventh time and has already set a new record for the number of countries participating in it – 187. The first event was held in Australia in 2007, the international was in 2008, and a year later it was joined by Russia. The event is held on the last Saturday of March from 20:30 to 21:30. For the past three years it is attended by about 2 billion people worldwide, last year it was the representatives of 178 countries, including the 22 million inhabitants of Russia.