Stop the flow of Vietnam's plastics into oceans

Stop the flow of Vietnam's plastics into oceans

I shuddered with fear when something slippery wrapped around my leg while I was swimming in the open sea in Con Dao – a remote island in the south of Vietnam. For a brief moment, it conjured up a scene in Steven Spielberg’s thriller "Jaws" in which a character was pulled down under the water by a mysterious force. I looked back and was relieved to find that it was only a nylon bag. The tattered bag must have been floating around for an eternity since it was full of moss and seaweed. This incident spoiled a little bit my Christmas vacation – the first one I have taken in Vietnam since leaving the country many years ago. When I first arrived in this country, I was absolutely stunned by the pristine beauty of the beaches and sparkling waters before me. Hence it was so jarring that my return was marred by the country’s mounting plastic problem. Since recently returning to live in Vietnam, I have been ruminating on the changes I now see: the country has gone from not …
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