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Vietnam to observe Earth Hour 2016 with new nature-friendly activities

Sunday, March 06, 2016, 18:58 GMT+7

The 2016 Earth Hour is poised to take place in several Vietnamese cities on March 19, the organizers announced on Saturday.

The campaign, a global environmental movement launched by the World Wide Fund for Nature to promote energy saving, will hold its signature one-hour lights-off event at 8:30 pm, according to organizers.

As per tradition, the 2016 Earth Hour will continue encouraging locals to protect nature by classifying trash types, switching off electric household gadgets, and turning off transport means when stopping at intersections.

However the campaign this year will also feature a lot of new activities to foster the love for living environment, including ‘green destinations’ and ‘green foster homes.’

Volunteers in the movement will encourage people not to liter trash into canals, introduce nature-friendly ecotourism packages in the locality, and will ask for used stuff, books, and more for donation and recycle.

Money raised from these activities will be given to local foster homes.

Other projects and activities, such as repairing electric systems for 200 families under preferential treatment policy, building safe electrical systems for five alleys featuring, among others, have been registered to echo with the global Earth Hour event.

The Earth Hour was established in Sydney in 2007, with the aim of raising people’s awareness about consequences of climate change.

The annual event’s highlight encourages everyone to switch off unnecessary lights and gadgets for one hour starting 8:30 pm on the last Saturday of March.

The campaign has attracted over 162 nations to join in.

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