Saturday, 28 March 2009

Hanoi ready for Earth Hour

This is the first time Vietnam has taken part in this campaign. At present, many cities, individuals, businesses have registered to turn off lights for one hour from 20h30 to 21h30 local time.

In an effort to tackle climate change, the Earth Hour was first initiated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2007 in Sydney with more than 2 million participants. After one year, the initiative has received worldwide support. In 2009, one billion people in 1000 cities are expected to join.

In Vietnam, the Earth Hour ambassadors are singer My Linh, MC Anh Tuan and Professor Vo
Quy. The role of ambassadors is to send messages of the purpose and significance of Earth Hour to everyone.

In Hanoi, one of Vietnam's six participant cities, there are many activities responding to Earth Hour. A special music programme is to be held at Hanoi Opera House with the presence of singer My Linh and Sol Art Centre at 20h local time.

From 20h30 to 21h30, unnecessary lights will be turned off at such sites as Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge, Ly Thai To Statue. Other sites also respond to this programme includes Hong Ha Cinema, Sheraton Hotel, Sofitel Plaza Hotel, Thuy Ta Shop and August Cinema.

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