The event was organzied by the Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper in coordination with the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union in the city.
After the launching ceremony, thousands of youth participated in a bicycle parade supporting Earth Hour 2018, travelling through main streets in the city.
According to Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hai, head of the Department of Labour and Employment under the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, a series of activities calling for people to support the program will take place in March, such as encouraging businesses and citizens to turn off their lights and appliances to save energy, training in fire safety and firefighting, improving lighting system for poor households , calling all on drivers of motorbikes to turn off engines at stop light to reduce consumption of petroleum and waste into the environment, using E5 petrol and among.
The highlight event will be a ceremony marking the Earth Hour which will take place at Ho Chi Minh City Youth Culture House in the evening of March 30. Homes, businesses and organisations across the city will be switching off their lights for World Earth Hour for an hour from 8:30p.m. to urge action against climate change.
The organizer has launched for the first time the “Green startups” project. Selected environmental-friendly projects will receive investment from businesses, said Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper’s Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Ly Viet Trung
Launched by WWF, the Earth Hour program has since become the world’s biggest grassroots environmental movement where landmarks and communities switch off their lights simultaneously (8.30pm local time). Many cities all over the world will turn off their lights in response to the program.
The lights-out event first started in Vietnam in 2009.