City kicks off ‘Earth Hour 2012’ program

The program ‘Earth Hour 2012’ was launched on February 26, at the Ho Chi Minh City Youth Cultural House, by Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper, the City Department of Industry and Trade, and Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

The event attracted more than 1,000 young people and volunteers and as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper, Pham Duc Hien said, this year’s program will be a community campaign.

Thousands of volunteers will mobilise people to cope with climate change in the future and participate in activities like turning off lights for one hour each day, and take art programs including A liter of sun, Source of future light, Schools travel with the 2012 Earth Hour, Green café, 20 seconds for the Earth, Using environmental-friendly products.

The event aims to raise public awareness in reducing global warming. To date, the programme has drawn about 8,900 volunteers in Ho Chi Minh City.

The program has been on throughout other parts of the country since February 15 and will last till March 31, focusing on energy problems, sustainable materials, and reduction of carbon emissions.

This year’s program will promote use of solar energy, and recycling of various bio-degradable materials such as bamboo.

By Minh Xuan, M.Hai – Translated by Kim Khanh

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