Clean Vietnam is an organization that wants to engage and inspire Youth, families, businesses and communities to take action in changing the way we dispose of our waste and the way we look at our local community spaces.
Clean Vietnam Day is a proposed event in March 2016 (and subsequent years) that engages community groups, businesses, schools and families to take ownership of sites in their local community and clean them up. It also provides education and cultural change through education and the recognition of the importance of our local environment.
The Clean Vietnam Day concept is based on a similar event that takes place in Australia which has proven a great success. It is has spread globally and has had some minor events in Vietnam (there was 16 events with little or no publicity organized by mainly expats in the whole of Vietnam).
We see this as an opportunity to establish a local charity and with sponsorship and promotion can turn it into a significant annual event. It is necessary to achieve the type of impact, education and cultural shift that has occurred in Australia that it is important we create a Vietnamese version that is independent rather that as add on to an existing event.
Background of event in Australia
In 1989 an 'average Australian bloke' had a simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard - Clean Up Sydney Harbour. The event received an enormous public response with more than 40,000 Sydneysiders donating their time and energy to clean up the harbour.
The next year Clean Up Australia Day was born with the belief that if a capital city could be mobilised into action, then so could the whole nation. Almost 300,000 volunteers turned out on the first Clean Up Australia Day in 1990 and that involvement has steadily increased ever since.
This simple idea has now become the nation's largest community-based environmental event. Now in its 25th year, the event attracts hundreds of thousands of volunteers from the community, schools and businesses to help clean up, fix up and conserve their environment.
In 2015 more than 591,400 volunteers across Australia helped to celebrate 25 years of Clean Up Australia by donning gloves and filling up Clean Up Australia Day rubbish bags with an estimated 16,199 tonnes of rubbish at 7,363 registered Sites across Australia.