Vietnam observes Earth Day

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"Love the earth, with simple actions."

This message was carried to many parts of the country as Vietnam joined 190 countries worldwide to observe the 40th anniversary of the International Earth Day on April 22.

In the capital city, the Hanoi Cinematheque screened documentaries, gave out samples of organic food, hosted a performance by Apsara Dance Studio as well as a live concert by the Hanoi Bossa Band.

Documentary film "Organic Life" by Ha Thi Lan Anh, presents the lives and hard work of a small group of farmers living on the outskirts of Hanoi. In the face of rapid social change and pressures to make quick money through dishonest marketing, the farmers in Thanh Xuan Organics have gone back to their roots.

From June 2008-June 2009, the farmers joined an organic vegetable project implemented by a Vietnamese NGO, Action for the City, and funded by AusAID. The most poignant sections of this documentary let the farmers primarily women speak for themselves about their commitment to organic farming and their concerns about marketing and sustainability. In contrast to the farmers' raw honesty, some urban Hanoi consumers speak cynically in the film about the potential for truly safe, clean food. But by the end, even the most reluctant viewer will be won over by "Organic Life."

Information about local and international NGO's working on environmental issues, community and sustainable development and fair trade was also made available at the event.

In Ho Chi Minh City, Earth Day Conferences were held by RMIT University and the HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities, in cooperation with US Embassy.

Earth Day 2010 aims to continually raise awareness in communities about the alarming environmental situation and emphasize the power of making a change by taking small steps at home, school and in business.

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