Tags Cam Ha
"Crazy crazy", "I have been in Hanoi for more than 60 years but this summer is the worst", these are the sentences I heard a lot during my business trip to Hanoi last week. Many partners opened the meeting with a question of why we chose this hot time to come to Hanoi.

Oliver, my English colleague with me, had no special reaction other than not wearing a tie to attend a meeting. When he was having a chat, he confessed, "I see you guys are still very lucky. My family and I are about to become refugees. The weather refugees. We are leaving New Delhi because there will be no more there next year." enough water to use ".

He currently works in Singapore but his sister-in-law and children have remained in New Delhi since their marriage. Five years living in Dehli with his wife and children following Oliver is more than enough. Nearly half of India has just experienced a heat wave and drought in early June, temperatures in New Delhi reached a record high of 48 degrees C.

Nearly 1.4 billion Indians are facing a serious water crisis. About 80% of fresh water is used for agriculture but the industry has not been modernized in time so productivity is poor. More than 100 million people in major cities are forecast to have no water to use for about 10 years.

"People are dumping them all in rivers and lakes. The fresh water source is running out. New Delhi's air is so polluting it can be life threatening. I have to take my kids away before they have no water to drink. Luckily I am." also have conditions to move the family to another place to live ", you confided.

Climate change and environment are no longer a gift story. It was at a standstill on the negotiating table, negotiating economic and trade between nations and corporations. I just attended an event about the EU - Vietnam Free Trade Agreement. European countries specifically mentioned illegal logging and fishing - two major issues for Vietnam in maintaining biodiversity, in addition to climate change issues. and corporate social responsibility to the environment.

I felt like my story on Oliver's run away from India. Eight years ago, my family left Hanoi because we believed the weather in Ho Chi Minh City would be better for the health of our members.

It is true. Trickles like runny nose, sore throat, cough, aches and pains almost disappeared. We were in district 7, where the temperature always seemed to be about one degree lower than the county. During the past few years, it was very rare for indoor air conditioners to turn on. But in April and May of last year, the record heat wave in the South made me think: If the weather becomes more severe, where can my family move? I have some friends who left Ho Chi Minh City and moved to live permanently in Vung Tau, Da Lat and are very satisfied. Will we be able to follow them or will we, like a colleague, find a way to emigrate to another country with better weather and environment?

The world is thirstier, more crowded, hotter. Instead of complaining, I try to minimize my so-called "waste traces". I follow a minimalist lifestyle, buying only what I really need, not what I want, with as few things as possible in the house and as little waste as possible, especially plastic. I followed the recipe: buy one more item and give away two. My neighborhood is fortunate to have a separate bin for household and recycling waste. Our family, including maids, has for many years formed a habit of sorting waste.

Used clothes and second hand goods, I either give them or take them straight to the second hand stores. Yesterday, my 10-year-old son asked me to order food through the delivery application, he told me, "Mom told the delivery person not to put food in plastic containers or nylon bags." When I explained this was very unlikely, he was happy not to ask for more food.

Last month, I was a media lecturer for about 70 young people in an FDI enterprise. The lecture addresses Vietnam's demographic model. Almost everyone knows that Vietnam's population is about to reach 100 million and is the 15th most populous country in the world. I asked the question: "What do you think when you are a citizen of a country that contributes nearly 1.3% of the population to the world?".

Some say it is a potential market, others say this is a large supply of labor. I suggest: "Imagine if every Vietnamese person made small adjustments to their behavior, for example no one used plastic straws anymore, or each person planted a tree, how would the impact on Earth compare to other a nation of just a few million more people? " Many practitioners say this is the first time they are aware of their power over this Earth.

The world will soon reach the 8 billion mark. Global warming will not favor anyone, any country regardless of economic level. The influx of refugees for the weather will add to the influx of refugees for war, for livelihoods. No more heat, drought or flooding will be considered a new record as new records are born every year.

Vietnam is also facing forest fires, drought, storms, floods and landslides. Conserving and respecting the Earth is no longer the task of environmentalists but also of each of us.

Cam Ha