Lights off in Vietnam during Earth Hour hinh anh 1Lights on many streets in Hanoi are turned off during the Earth Hour (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam joined many other countries around the world during the 2016 Earth Hour late on March 19 with the symbolic action of turning off unnecessary electrical devices for one hour.

The country saved 451,000 kWh of electricity, equivalent to 731.5 million VND (over 32.810 USD), from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 19 when people nationwide were encouraged to turn of unnecessary electrical devices, the Electricity of Vietnam Group’s National Load Dispatch Centre said.

In Hanoi, lights were switched off around the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake, and other well-known destinations like the Ly Thai To flower garden, the Hanoi Opera House and along streets.

In the central province of Quang Nam, residents and tourists floated candle lanterns on rivers in Hoi An and engaged in cultural activities during the electricity-free hour.

This is the eighth year Vietnam participated in the global Earth Hour campaign, which was launched by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) to raise public awareness about efficient energy use in the age of climate change.

In Vietnam, the event was organised by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, WWF and the Danish Embassy.-VNA