An RMIT Vietnam student-run anti-littering campaign has impressed more than 300 government officials and business leaders working in the environment sector across the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
RMIT Vietnam alumnus Nguyen Nhu Thach Truc recently represented Vietnam at the fourth Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) Environment Ministers’ Meeting in Myanmar.
A graduate of RMIT Vietnam’s Bachelor of Business (Marketing) program, Truc is the co-founder of the University’s Green Ribbon organisation, also known as Ruy Băng Xanh or RBX in Vietnamese.
The opportunity for Truc to attend the meeting arose after RBX won the Youth4Asia Solutions Research competition for its anti-littering awareness campaign.
Truc, together with youth representatives from other five GMS countries namely Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, China and Myanmar, spent time at the meeting sharing ideas on environmental best practice.
RBX’s anti-littering campaign was presented, highlighting the work with students from 15 universities across Vietnam with the aim to raise awareness of anti-littering.
One of the judges for the Youth4Asia Solutions Research competition, Mr Chris Morris, said RBX is a great example of a project which has encouraged collaboration across universities.
“It’s such an incredible effort from the youth in Vietnam,” he said.
“I feel it’s a project which can be shared across the region.”
At the conference, Truc was the only youth representative selected to present her campaign at the conference general assembly.
As part of her presentation to the audience of leaders and officials, Truc said littering is not only an issue for Vietnam but also for the whole region.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and we’re taking the very first steps to keep our country beautiful,” she said.
Following Truc’s presentation, the audience rose to their feet and made a pledge not to litter.