Earth Hour spreads awareness about sustainability hinh anh 1 Youngsters participate in Earth Hour 2019 (Photo: Vietnamplus)

Hanoi (VNA) - With this year’s message "calling for change in consumer behavior," the nationwide light off event is still a centre to the Earth Hour Campaign, taking place from 20:30 to 21:30 on March 28.

The Earth Hour 2020 calls for not only the efficient use of energy but also reduction of plastic use, according to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

This year’s messages also raise public awareness of the efficient use of all energy resources and the need to increase use of renewables, to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic wastes and to protect wildlife animals, the ministry said in an official dispatch sent to ministries, central agencies, sectors as well as cities and provinces across the country.

The ministry also urged these governmental bodies to conduct research, build and implement more policies and projects to mitigate impacts of climate change and protect the environment.

According to Trinh Quoc Vu, Head of the Energy Saving and Sustainable Development Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, this year, due to the complicated evolution of the COVID-19 epidemic, the ministry suggested localities and businesses choose  appropriate response to the Earth Hour campaign according to their conditions, on the basis of increasing strengthening the work of communication through television, radio and especially via the Internet ...

The issue of energy saving and electricity saving is still and will be an important and very hot topic in the current period as well as in the near future.

In addition, it is worth mentioning that this year's Earth Hour theme also has an activity related to sustainable consumption.

In this Earth Hour campaign, along with the theme saving energy , relating topics such as  sustainable consumption will also be promoted on several social media means.

The Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) and its member companies nationwide have encouraged organisations, offices and customers to switch off unnecessary electrical devices during Earth Hour.

The event is launched by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Vietnam and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, has received warm response from people across 63 cities and provinces.

Main activities include promoting the social media campaign from March 12 to 28, calling for commitments to electricity saving on the WWF website and reviewing the campaign from March 28 to April 4.

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Hoang Quoc Vuong said the Party and State have taken many important policies to promote energy saving and develop renewable energy.

He called on offices, organisations, businesses and people throughout the country to actively join the Earth Hour campaign via practical deeds to protect the environment and natural resources, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions, thus contributing to global climate change adaptation.

Earth Hour spreads awareness about sustainability hinh anh 2Several online programmes will be organised instead of activities gathering many people like previous years (Photo: Vietnamplus)

Earth Hour – an initiative of the World Wide Fund for Nature - is the largest social event in the world, which has been observed in 7,000 cities and towns across 172 countries and territories.

Vietnam first joined the drive in 2009. Last year, the country saved 492,000kWh of electricity, equivalent to 917 million VND (39,400 USD).

The Earth Hour event last year helped save 492,000kWh of electricity, equivalent to 917 million VND (39,700 USD)./.