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Environment ministry calls for participation in Earth Hour

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has called for a joint effort to switch off lights and unplug unnecessary electrical devices in response to this year’s Earth Hour event.

The symbolic lights-out hour will begin from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m March 25.

Extreme weather is on the rise as a result of climate change’s severe impacts, said Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Vo Tuan Nhan during a ceremony to launch the national Earth Hour campaign.

The event, held in the mountainous province of Hoa Binh, also demonstrated the country’s support to two other United Nations annual observances, World Water Day on March 22 and World Meteorological Day on March 23.

The Earth Hour initiative launched by the World Wildlife Fund is one of the largest global social events, with the participation of 7,000 cities and towns in 172 nations and territories. It began in Sydney, Australia in 2007.

The event is expected to promote efficient energy use and raise social awareness and responsibility on climate change and environmental protection.

Vietnam first joined the campaign in 2009. The country saved roughly 309,000 kWh during last year’s participation.

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