Clean-up event held in Hanoi to mark Earth Day
Clean-up event held in Hanoi to mark Earth Day.
More than 1,000 volunteers from the US Embassy, associations, organisations and universities, joined hands to pick up garbage in Thong Nhat Park in Hanoi Saturday morning to mark Earth Day here.
Under the theme “Let’s join and act to ensure clean water sources in Viet Nam,” the event aimed to encourage the participation of many groups to manage and prevent water pollution, and clean up heavily polluted water.
Hoang Quoc Lam, a representative from the Environment Administration of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, which was one of the organisers, called on the public to contribute by disseminating information and education on environmental protection, as well learning to adapt to climate change and protect water resources.
Many people are dependent upon Hạ Long Bay, Red River, and the Mekong River for their livelihoods, but the resources there are threatened and need to be protected for future generations, and cleaned up in some cases, said Ted Osius, US Ambassador to Viet Nam.
There is much awareness right now about the environmental dangers to all these extraordinary resources, he said.
“The bottom line message is we have to do all we can to make sure that future generations — the children — will have clean water to drink, safe food to eat and beautiful places to go to, as they grow up,” he told Viet Nam News.
The Earth Day 2017 event in Viet Nam was organised by the Centre for Environmental and Community Research.
This year, the worldwide theme is ’March for Science’, which emphasises the importance of research and scientific discovery, as part of the decision-making process.
Since then, millions of people from 192 countries have joined the event annually to promote public awareness about environmental protection.