Clean Up Mekong | English
In Vietnam, we are making a focused effort to help address the country’s serious environmental issues. For the “Clean Up Mekong” campaign, we donated two solar-powered boats that use electric conveyor systems to scoop up floating waste that clogs the Mekong River’s surface. We also conducted a social-media campaign to raise public awareness of the dangers posed by this floating waste.
The solar-powered boats work six-to-seven-hour shifts, seven days a week without discharging any carbon emissions. Together, they can collect 400 to 500 kg of waste daily. This is a significant improvement over how waste used to be collected. Previously, volunteers manually scooped waste in nets while riding in diesel-powered boats that emitted exhaust fumes and leaked fluids into the river.
The social media campaign, meanwhile, attracted a significant amount of public attention. Content posted on Facebook gained more than 4.34 million views. On YouTube, a video explaining the global impact of the Mekong’s pollution went viral and surged past 13.5 million views.