Vietnam has been hard hit by the effects of climate change, from natural catastrophes and flooding to all kinds of severe weather conditions. This is threatening the balance of its ecosystems. It may only produce 0.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, but Vietnam is seeing more of the ramifications of rapid urban and industrial development.
This year’s event is a call to action aimed at young people in particular. And it's more than a photography contest: the 125 contributions illustrated a desire to take concrete action in the fight against climate change.
“Some groups came up with solutions especially for this occasion,” said Huong-Hue Nguyen, project manager at the AFD office in Hanoi. The photos were posted on the contest’s Facebook page, which had 2 million visits in 5 weeks, with a total of 126,000 interactions (likes, shares and comments).
Fighting forest fires, reducing plastic use, and boosting sustainable transportation and energy — here's a look at some of the winning initiatives.
For the second consecutive year, AFD is working with the Youth Union to increase climate change awareness among young people. This initiative helps the country move toward “green, resilient” development. Three lines of priority actions have been identified: energy transition, resilience in cities and the countryside, and youth.
Beyond awareness measures and calls to action, AFD supports projects for the development of skills in job-creating sectors and projects supporting socioeconomic integration for the most vulnerable young people.