'Lights off’ campaign begins
March, 07/2016 - 11:31
HA NOI (VNS) — Earth Hour, a World Wild Fund (WWF) initiative aiming at raising awareness about climate change and the energy sector, kicked off on Saturday at the University of Science and Technology in Ha Noi.
This year’s event was organised by the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), the Danish Embassy in Viet Nam, Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN) and Daikin Viet Nam.
Under the theme “Small actions make big influences”, the campaign calls upon everyone to switch off their lights at offices, buildings, bulletin boards and other non-essential electrical equipment for one hour from 8.30 pm to 9.30pm on Saturday, March 19.
The one-month event also covers a series of activities across the country including bike riding parades, running and a fabric bag designing contest. The highlight will be the main ceremony at Ha Noi’s August Revolutionary Square on Saturday, March 19.
As many as 3,000 volunteers from universities and colleges in the city have registered to join the event. Charlotte Laursen, Danish Ambassador to Viet Nam, singers Ta Quang Thang and Thuy Chi will deliver messages on environmental protection.
“Small actions such as turning off lights when they are not in use, saving water, planting one additional tree will bring big changes to the community and create the habit of saving energy and protecting environment throughout the whole year,” said Nguyen Viet Son, Deputy General Director of MOIT’s General Department of Energy, at the launch ceremony.
Charlotte Laursen said that Denmark supported Viet Nam to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Earth Hour was launched by WWF in 2007. This is the eighth time Viet Nam has participated in the event. Last year, the event helped save 520.000 kWh worth up to VND850 million (US$37,780) nationwide, according to national load dispatch centre. — VNS