"Hour of Darkness' to illumine climate change issues

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Twenty-two cities and provinces and more than 1,000 enterprises in Vietnam will join Earth Hour 2010 - the world's largest awareness movement on climate change this weekend.

Local organizers of the event initiated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have called on all Vietnamese citizens and businesses to participate by turning out lights and shutting off appliances for one hour from 8:30 p.m. on March 27.

Many prominent places in Hanoi will turn out lights at this hour, including the Grand Opera House, the Ngoc Son Temple and government offices at all levels.

Quang Nam Province's Hoi An old town, which celebrates the event together with the town's liberation day (March 28th, 1975), will also turn out lights during the one-hour event and broadcast songs urging greater efforts to protect the environment.

Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), the national power utility, will take part in many activities as an official partner of Earth Hour 2010.

"Because Vietnam is especially vulnerable, it is ever more important the country has a loud and powerful voice on the global front in the fight against climate change, and contribute to international community effort in keeping the global temperature rise under 2 degrees Celsius," said Tran Minh Hien, director for WWF Vietnam.

WWF says Earth Hour 2010 is more than about turning out the lights for an hour. It is to raise awareness on climate change by engaging people in the symbolic action.

Earth Hour 2010 is expected to attract the participation of more than one billion people from 6,000 cities worldwide.

Earth Hour started in Sydney in 2007 and has since become a global movement. In 2009, the campaign was joined by around one billion people from 4,013 cities in 88 countries.

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