Vietnam: Cleaning up trash

Vietnam: Cleaning up trash

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Cleaning activities in Vietnam have picked up over 348 million pounds of trash with the help of more than 17 million of volunteers since 1986.  The cleaning location is named Can Gio and it is part of Ho Chi Minh City. This city is the home of the Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve, a spot acknowledged as a global biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2000.   


The beach is the place for a unique intersection of the three major rivers in the southeast of Vietnam and due to its proximity to the city, has been strongly affected by plastic pollution, deforestation, and coastal erosion. The Ho Chi Minh City government is supporting the beach and river action plan to reduce plastic waste.    


Rivers are literally the lifeblood of Vietnam and the main support for many commercial activities, such as fishery, agriculture, and transportation. Beyond the three major rivers that join the Can Gio beach, the dense network is compounded for more than 2,000 rivers across the country. They also carry all the plastic trash currently going to the ocean and affecting the nearshore communities. 


Plastic is everywhere 

That is why cleaning activities in Vietnam have become a new trend that fosters community work. However, the majority of waste is still going straight into the ocean when nobody cleans them. The only way to get rid of this plastic there is to collect it. And that's exactly what Vietnam volunteers do.


Vietnam volunteers have been working tirelessly to collect plastic waste from beaches and coastal areas in order to protect the marine environment. They organize regular clean-up events and engage the local community to take part in the effort. These activities not only help to clean up the environment, but also raise awareness about the negative impact of plastic pollution on the ocean and marine life.


However, collecting plastic waste is only a short-term solution. The long-term one is to reduce the amount of plastic being produced and consumed in the first place. Vietnam volunteers and organizations also advocate for more sustainable practices and policies to decrease the use of single-use plastics and promote recycling.


By working together and taking action on multiple fronts, we can make a real impact in the fight against plastic pollution in Vietnam and around the world.


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