[KOR CC] Clean Up Mekong with Hanwha Solar Boat
By Micah Moen
Here retreat is no longer an option. The Mekong River, it’s the last stand before 2,000 tons of trash flow into the Pacific Ocean each day. 730,000 tons of trash a year that flow straight into the Pacific Ocean, must be stopped. The key is how. This trash collecting barge emits even more carbon into the atmosphere and unfortunately gathers trash into single-use plastic bags. Working for the Earth has given way to working against the Earth. Today’s methods, need to become a thing of the past. “The most important thing is to prevent pollution. And it’s great if we can do that with a clean way, you know, using renewable energy to pick up waste.” However what’s more critical is the attitude of the public. Is there a way to protect the Earth without harming it? Is there a way to engage people to be proactive? Hanwha, a world leading solar solution provider came up with a game-changing idea. A trash collecting boat, powered by clean solar energy. On the 5th of June, 2019, World Environment Day, the Solar Boat finally made its first voyage in the Vinh Long region. It cleaned every corner of the Mekong River, leaving not a single piece of trash, all without emitting ANY pollution. For the spots the boat can’t reach, people helped out. Compiling the collected trash is also done in a way that is kind to our planet. At last, the most environmentally friendly cleanup method, for the Earth, began. The Garbage collected on the first day. 438 pieces of plastic 144 pieces of Styrofoam 12 old fishing nets and countless unidentifiable pieces of trash. Compared to the millions of tons of trash piled up in Ocean, it’s inadequate. But still, it’s a meaningful start. “I think protecting the environment is a responsibility of everyone. Every one of us lives in this environment and so does the next generation and the generation after that.” Cleaning up the Mekong River leads to a cleaner and clearer Pacific Ocean. Working together for our planet, we can all lead the fight against climate change. Each day, our journey continues.