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2019 Earth Hour marked in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

Sunday, March 31, 2019, 10:44 GMT+7
2019 Earth Hour marked in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City
Young people participate in the 2019 Earth Hour campaign in Ho Chi Minh City on March 30, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

The 2019 Earth Hour campaign, themed ‘Save Energy, Save Earth,’ was marked in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City at 8:30 pm on Saturday.

In the Vietnamese capital, the official ceremony was organized at Cach Mang Thang Tam Square with the attendance of Deputy State President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, the city’s leaders, representatives of embassies and international organizations, and local celebrities.

The ceremony and performances were powered by the electricity that was previously stored in multiple solar panels.

Hanoi leaders commence the 2019 Earth Hour at 8:30 pm on March 30, 2019. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Hanoi leaders commence the 2019 Earth Hour at 8:30 pm on March 30, 2019. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and is held annually to encourage people to turn off non-essential electric lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 pm on a specific day toward the end of March.

This is the 11th year Vietnam has participated in the global event.

Deputy State President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh speaks at the ceremony in Hanoi. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Deputy State President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh speaks at the ceremony in Hanoi. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

During her speech at the ceremony, Deputy State President Thinh called on all individuals, organizations, and businesses to switch off as many electric lights and devices as they could, not only during the time of the event but also during their everyday activities.

All residents should join hands to save energy, protect the environment, and contribute to the sustainable socio-economic development of the country, the leader remarked.

Miss Universe Vietnam 2017 H’Hen Nie, one of the event’s ambassadors, speaks at the ceremony in Hanoi. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Miss Universe Vietnam 2017 H’Hen Nie, one of the event’s ambassadors, speaks at the ceremony in Hanoi. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Meanwhile, in Ho Chi Minh City, more than 3,000 young people participated in the event at the Youth Culture House in District 1.

The organizers previously encouraged 2,000 local businesses to take part in the event.

As part of the preparations for this year’s Earth Hour campaign, many volunteers joined hands to clean up garbage along the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal and a wholesale market in Thu Duc District last weekend, with approximately 200 metric tons of trash being collected.

Participants turn on the flash lights of their mobile phones during the event. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Participants turn on the flash lights of their mobile phones during the event in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A street along Hoang Kiem Lake during the Earth Hour. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A street along Hoang Kiem Lake during the Earth Hour in Hanoi. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A street along Hoang Kiem Lake during the Earth Hour. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A street along Hoang Kiem Lake during the Earth Hour in Hanoi. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A young girl holds a sign with the theme of this year’s campaign. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A young girl holds a sign with the theme of this year’s campaign in Hanoi. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A flashmob during the event in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A flashmob during the event in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Two young boys take part in the Earth Hour campaign in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Two young boys take part in the Earth Hour campaign in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Singer Le Thien Hieu performs at the event. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Singer Le Thien Hieu performs at the event. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

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