RMIT Vietnam students and staff were amongst more than 600 environmentally-conscious people who picked up litter as part of the Earth Day Community Clean Up campaign.
The campaign took placed in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Hoi An, Can Tho, An Giang and Phu Quoc on 23 April to celebrate Earth Day.
Together the participants picked up cans, bottles, paper and other litter from roadways and seashores.
Centre of Commerce and Management Manager and campaign co-organiser Nguyen Huu Nhan said that the event aimed to raise awareness about littering and spur collaboration among anti-littering organisations.
“Not only do we seek to raise awareness about the littering problem in Vietnam, but we are also trying to bring together the many organisations and groups that have the similar anti-littering goals.
“There are many groups in Vietnam that are currently working separately on the problem of littering; together they can create a greater impact,” Mr Nguyen said.
As part of the campaign, a group of RMIT Vietnam Design students created cartoon mascots to spread the anti-littering message to children.
RMIT Vietnam Bachelor of Design student and team leader Pham Ngoc Kieu My said it was rewarding to work on the project.
“The campaign was an exciting opportunity to transform what we learned in class into reality,” My said.
“Our team put a lot of effort into the project so it’s rewarding to see the outcomes so well-received by the organisations and the public.”
RMIT Vietnam Bachelor of Business (Marketing) student Nguyen Minh Anh cleaned up around Ngoc Khanh Lake in Hanoi.
“I’m really glad to join such a meaningful clean-up activity,” said Anh, also the Vice President of the Student Council.
“I am planning to organise a similar event in semester 3, 2016."
The Earth Day Community Clean Up campaign was initiated for the first time by the non-profit organisation Vietnam Green and Clean which strives to raise public awareness about the negative impacts of littering and highlight the importance of individual responsibility in Vietnam.
Story: Thuy Le