What is Earth Hour?
Started by WWF as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world's largest grassroots movements for the environment. Held every year on the last Saturday of March, Earth Hour engages millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories, switching off their lights to show determination to prevent climate change ans nature loss.
Switching off the light may be a small action, but it is so much more than that. It is a symbol of unity. It is a symbol of hope. It is a symbol of power in collective action that we can have when we take action together to protect the life in this planet.
In 2007, we encouraged people around the world to switch off their lights to call attention to climate change. More than a decade later, the climate crisis remains, made worse by another urgent threat: the rapid loss of biodiversity and nature.
Natural systems are vital for all our futures – and yet, the rate of global loss of nature during the past 50 years is unprecedented in human history. Nature not only provides us food, water, clean air, and other services worth over US$125 trillion a year – it is also one of our strongest allies against climate change. Protecting nature is one of the most immediate, powerful, and cost-effective solutions to the climate crisis.
Today, Earth Hour aims to spark global conversations on protecting nature not only to combat the climate crisis, but to ensure our own health, happiness, prosperity and even survival.
Earth Hour in Viet Nam
Earth Hour was first organized by WWF in Vietnam in 2009. From 2012 to 2019, the Earth Hour campaign was organized annually by the Ministry of Industry and Trade to spread the message and bring people together to reduce impacts of climate change and protect the environment.
For many years, Earth Hour has been an annual event that people look forward to, with the participation of all 63 provinces and cities and millions of individuals, businesses and organizations across the country. In 2020, WWF becomes the main organiser of Earth Hour with the sponsorship and support of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
Collaborating partners of Earth Hour 2020 in Viet Nam: AEON MALL Bình Tân, AEON MALL Hà Đông, AEON MALL Long Biên, Big C & GO!, BOO Trading JSC, IPH Shopping Center, MoMo E-Wallet, The Coffee House, The Garden Shopping Center, Vietnam Electricity (EVN), Vincom.