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RMIT students mark Earth day

Friday, April 17, 2009 - 16:16

Students at RMIT International University Vietnam are supporting Earth Day 2009 tomorrow (Saturday 18 April) with a series of on-campus educational events supported by industry and non-profit organisations.

Events will include music performances and talks on the environment – including 10 key tips on how individuals can help to save the environment.

The student initiative is being conducted at the Saigon South campus by RMIT Vietnam Environment Club.

Organisations taking part include Habitat for Humanity, Wildlife at Risk, Asia Commercial Bank, Cartridge World, Viettronics Tan Binh and Electric Motorbike. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about these organisations' efforts to reverse environmental damage and to use alternative energy sources.

The event, running from 5pm to 9:30 pm, will feature information booth activities and stage performances commencing at 6.30pm.

Another feature of the event will be a giant 10-piece puzzle on stage, showing a billow of black industrial smoke going up to the sky. Audience members will be invited on stage to solve the puzzle to reveal the "ten tips" for individuals to help save the environment.

Proceeds of the Earth Day event at RMIT will go to environmental organisations.

"We're pleased to see our students taking an interest in the state of their environment, as well as working hard in their studies," RMIT Vietnam President Professor James Barber said today.

Earth Day has become an annual event worldwide since 1970 with the aim to raise awareness of and appreciation for the environment.