Hanoi is orchestrating a range of activities to respond to the 2014Earth Hour campaign, with the key event to be televised live from AugustSquare in front of the Hanoi Opera House at 8pm on March 29.
| Hanoi’s youngsters respond to the Earth Hour
To be held by the Department of Industry and Trade, the annual drive isto raise public awareness of saving electricity and alleviating climatechange threats, in response to the Year of Urban Order and Civilisationlaunched by the municipal authorities.
As part of the drive,decorative lighting and neon advertising boards will be turned off from8:30-9:30pm in Hanoi’s landmark venues such as Ngoc Son temple, Thap Rua(Tortoise Tower), The Huc bridge, Ly Thai To flower garden, Hanoi OperaHouse, Truc Bach lake and head offices of the municipal government andPeople’s Council.
Hanoi-based ministries, organisations and people arealso urged to join the campaign.
On top of this, the municipaladministration will increase communications activities in residentialareas, spreading information on the benefits of the economical use ofenergy and water as well as impacts of climate change on eachindividual’s life.
Many local schools have responded to theEarth Hour campaign in the form of planting trees and collectingsecond-hand goods for recycling.
Together with artists and celebrities,students from Doan Thi Diem primary school, Viet Duc and Tran Phu highschools will join a waste recycling festival, as part of the “I will ifyou will” challenge which encourages people and companies to make a realcommitment towards the Earth while challenging others to do the same.