Government partners, sponsors and thousands of volunteers are being acknowledged for their support for activities which occurred across Vietnam in the months leading to Earth Hour, including a climate change education programme for schools, bicycle parades and an event on the night of Earth Hour in Ho Chi Minh City, attended by around 5,000 people.
Almost 5,000 individuals and businesses officially register their commitment to turn out the lights as a symbolic action. WWF Vietnam also received close to 4,000 submissions in Earth Hour related competitions, highlighting the popularity of this year’s Earth Hour nationally.
For the contests, children in local schools created lanterns and drawings expressing their desire for a bright and sustainable future, and creative students and professional photographers sent in photos and video portraying how they see climate change and their perspective on Earth Hour.
First place photo contest winner Đặng Kế Đức, whose winning photo depicts a father and child using lanterns during Earth Hour, described his concern about the impacts of climate change already being felt in Vietnam: “We have been seeing more and more effects of climate change, from change in temperature to big events like flooding”.
Winning submissions in the Earth Hour contests won energy-efficient electronics donated by LG Vietnam and camera equipment donated by Canon. Winning photos and videos will be announced and published in a popular media company’s outlets, including their newspaper and website.
This year marked the second time Vietnam has officially participated in Earth Hour. After months of concentrated efforts to educate the public about the enormous impacts that climate change poses to the country, over 5,000,000 people visited the official Earth Hour Vietnam website, around 5,000 people attended the official event in Ho Chi Minh City through heavy rains, and thousands of people and businesses throughout the country signed up and participated in the global action for climate change.