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'Save our Seas' photo exhibition highlights plastic waste

Released at: 19:47, 05/06/2019

'Save our Seas' photo exhibition highlights plastic waste

Photo: Lekima Hung

More than 100 photos on display at Hanoi exhibition from June 4 to 9.

by Jessica Nguyen

To mark World Environment Day on June 5 and World Ocean Day on June 8, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Vietnam and Green Ocean Ambassador and photographer Nguyen Viet Hung (Lekima Hung) co-organized the “Save our Seas” (SOS) exhibition, with the theme of plastic waste, which opened on June 4 at Exhibition House, 29 Hang Bai Street, Hanoi.  

Addressing the opening ceremony, Ms. Caitlin Wiesen, Resident Representative of UNDP in Vietnam, said that plastic waste is a global challenge that requires effort from all elements of society, from government and businesses to people.

She called for practical action, like saying no to disposable plastic products and using environmentally-friendly and locally-produced products.

With the message “Only action brings change,” through photos, the exhibition aims to raise awareness about plastic waste, suggesting possible solutions to resolving the problem.

“I can see people of different nationalities here in this room,” said Lekima Hung. “Plastic waste is different to us; it has no nationality, or can be any nationality when it travels through the ocean. I have been to islands in my country and found garbage from other countries on the beach. It makes me wonder. Do we deserve this planet? What will the young generation inherit from us? Will it be an ocean full of fish or full of garbage? It’s high time we realized that our ocean is becoming a garbage ocean.”

“We may come from different countries, different places, but we share only one Earth. We share only one ocean. And so we have one common task: to reduce the amount of garbage being discharged into the ocean.”

Photo: Lekima Hung

The exhibition showcases over 100 photos selected from over 3,000 taken along Vietnam’s more than 3,000 km of coastline, in 28 cities and provinces and over 100 estuaries.

The photos are arranged according to content, location, and shooting time, so the audience can visualize an overall picture of the state of plastic waste along the coast of Vietnam.

Globally, an estimated of 500 billion plastic bags are used each year, 1 million plastic bottles are bought every minute, and 8-12 million tons of plastic leaks into the sea, and it would take only 400 to 1,000 years for plastic waste to completely change the environment, and 100,000 marine animals would be killed.

If this trend continues, by 2050 there will be more plastic waste than fish in the ocean. The exhibition is open until this Sunday, June 9.

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