Earth Hour 2016: Small actions make big influence hinh anh 1Volunteers attend the Earth Hour launching ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on March 3. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on March 5 kicked off the 2016 Earth Hour which promotes how a small individual action can make a big influence this year.

The launch marked the start of a series of events in response to Earth Hour across the nation throughout March.

The “Lights off” ceremony, will take place at August Revolution Square in Hanoi from 20:30 – 21:30pm on March 19.

Small actions like switching off electrical appliances when they are not in use, economical use of water or planting a tree, will deliver powerful messages to the community, Deputy Director General of the General Department of Energy Nguyen Viet Son said.

This year’s event calls on the whole community, notably the youth, to save electricity in an attempt to change climate change.

Earth Hour has been attended by more than 25,000 youths and volunteers nationwide since it was first launched in Vietnam in 2009.

More than 1,000 businesses and organisations across the country have agreed to join the campaign.

It is the eighth year Vietnam has joined the global Earth Hour campaign. The country saved 520,000 kWh of electricity worth 850 million VND or approximately 40,000 USD last year.-VNA