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Saigon Green Team - Battling in the Environmental War

November 15, 2023

The environmental pollution situation in Ho Chi Minh City is urgent and severe. Particularly, water pollution and dense waste accumulation in canals and ditches have a negative impact on the local environment and the health of residents. As a company dedicated to environmental causes, iLotusLand admires and appreciates the commendable actions of the Saigon Green Team.

Saigon Green Team Rescues Polluted Canals and Ditches

The "Saigon Green Team" is a group of young people working together to clean up and collect waste in polluted canals and ditches in Ho Chi Minh City. The group mainly consists of young people and students aged 20-30, actively participating in efforts to clean the environment and address pollution in the city. Their tasks include cleaning up, collecting waste, and contributing to improving the overall environment in the area.

It is known that the leader and founder of the Saigon Green Team is Mr. Nguyen Luong Ngoc (nicknamed Shin, 27 years old). He shared that he established the group after being greatly inspired by the Padawara group in Indonesia, which also works on this topic. From a small group with few members, Saigon Green Team has now gathered many young people who want to join, not only from within the country but also internationally. The group has also received appreciation and love from local residents.

The Saigon Green squad soaks in the dark canal
The Saigon Green squad soaks in the dark canal

Not Afraid of Dirt, Not Afraid of Difficulty

Under the scorching sun and sweltering heat in Ho Chi Minh City, the young volunteers had to clean up for hours to several days to clear the amount of waste in a canal. And just like that, they moved from one channel to another. Above the water surface, there was a multitude of waste, including foam boxes, plastic wraps, plastic bottles, even carcasses, syringes, and broken ceramics - hazardous items commonly encountered by these young people. These items had been buried there for a long time, emitting a foul odor.

Garbage fills the surface of canals
Garbage fills the surface of canals

Contact with so much waste and wastewater will undoubtedly have some impact on the health of these young people. However, nothing can deter the Saigon Green Team. They are young individuals not afraid of dirt, not afraid of difficulty, always striving with the desire to preserve a green, clean, and beautiful environment.

Spreading the Environmental Protection Message

The team regularly posts short videos documenting the process of "giving a new look" to the canals and ditches on social media platforms. Shin, the team leader, shared: "We upload videos to make viewers feel like they are participating in garbage collection, making it easier to spread the message to everyone." Through these short videos, viewers are amazed at the 360-degree change that the team brings to polluted areas.

Protecting the environment is like that; sometimes, the team still faces criticisms like "idle," "eating for free," or "making a show." Many comments on the Saigon Green Team's channel argue that after being cleaned today, the area will be littered again tomorrow. However, these things cannot discourage the young volunteers; they are still passionate about pursuing "small actions, big meanings."

Despite the challenges, smiles always remain on their faces.
Despite the challenges, smiles always remain on their faces.

The Saigon Green Team hopes to convey positive messages about environmental protection to everyone. With the desire that people will raise awareness of environmental preservation, join hands to avoid littering, and transform Saigon into a green city.

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