As previous years, at the last Saturday of March, we turned of almost every lights and electrical appliances in Saigon. This was because …
… yes, that’s right, Earth Hour. 🙂
Authorities said, we save 400.000 kWh this year, equivalent to 500 million VND.
Vietnam had been participating in this activity since 2009, but there are complaints that instead of saving energy, young people turn into wasting candles. Price to light up one single light in one hour is about 100 VND, but price for one small candle is about 5000 VND and it’s not going to last for even 45 minutes.
It’s because in Vietnam, such activities mostly for teenager to entertain themselves, and that’s all. I don’t say that candles aren’t beautiful, it’s just not what Earth Hour meant to be. It’s supposed to encourage every households to participate and turn off their lights just for 60 minutes and keep that spirit on to the next 365 days after that. Vietnam Earth Hour didn’t make that call, or that wasn’t strong and loud enough.
I believe the youth and teenagers who joined Earth Hour in the last Saturday weren’t the same people who cleaned up the mess in the next morning.
For me, I enjoyed a nice normal Saturday night, of course, without using lights or electrical appliances, in a cafeteria. It was nice. 🙂Anyway, I still believe that there are a lot of people understand about this activity and help us, Saigonese, to make this world a little bit better. 🙂
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