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Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi will respond to the 2019 Earth Hour with a series of activities which begin on March 9 and culminate in an event from 20:00 to 21:30 on March 30 at the Cach Mang Thang Tam Square in the city’s downtown Hoan Kiem district.

As part of the March 30 event, lighting, decoration lights and light advertisements will be turned off during one hour from 20:30 to 21:30 at many landmarks, popular sites and public spaces around the Hoan Kiem Lake, the Hanoi Opera House, Truc Bach Lake and at the buildings of the municipal authorities.

The municipal administration has required relevant agencies to intensify communication campaigns targeting organisations, schools, enterprises, residential areas and households to encourage them to respond to the Earth Hour in different forms of energy saving and environmental protection besides turning off unnecessary electrical equipment.

The Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). It has been described as the largest world grassroots movement for the environment, with the involvement of around 7,000 cities in 172 countries and territories so far.

In Vietnam, activities responding to the Earth Hour are coordinated by the Ministry of Industry and Trade with the support of the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN). EVN has been the main sponsor of the Earth Hour movement in the country for 10 consecutive years, since Vietnam joined the campaign in 2009.-VNA