- What are the causes of pollution?
There are quite a few. But I think most air pollution comes from human activities. For example, when our vehicles burn fuel to produce energy greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere and pollute the air. Littering is also a major contributor. When people burn litter to get rid of them, a large amount of toxic emissions like methane or carbon dioxide are released into the environment.
- What have you done to protect the environment?
I try to avoid littering as much as possible. You know in Singapore you can get a $10,000 fine for littering in public areas. Also, I’m trying to give up my motorbike and travel by eco-friendlier means of transport like bicyles or buses whenever I can.
- What are some common types of pollution?
The most popular type, which is also the most severe problem, must be air pollution. Besides, many people dispose of their trash into lakes and rivers and causes water pollution. Meanwhile, the rising level of soil pollution resulting from the extensive use of fertilizers in agriculture is also a severe .
- What do you do if you see garbage on the street?
Frankly, I could not care less if it’s not my trash. In Singapore, you can get a $10,000 fine for littering in public areas. But this is Vietnam and there is no such rule.
- How can we stop littering?
No matter how much money the government spends on employing cleaners and janitors, the key to ending littering is people’s awareness. If we cannot educate people to change their behaviors, littering will remain as a big issue for years to come.
- Are you willing to used recycled products?
Sure. I remember reading about the process of recycling bottles and, so I know that the quality of recycled products is not as good as new products. But if I can help protect the environment by using them, I am more than happy to make a little sacrifice.
Describe a park/garden you like visiting
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And explain why you like visiting it
Today I’d like to tell you about a park that I frequently visit. It’s not too far from my house. Perhaps about 15-minute drive away if the roads are clear.
As for the last time I visited it, if I remember correctly, it was last week. I had to get in a quick workout, so I rode my motorbike to the park at around 2pm. When I arrived, I met a couple of friends who are kind of like my workout partners.
This park is just perfect for working out because it has all the exercise equipment I need like bars and parallel bars. It’s also surrounded by trees and a wide variety of flowers that bloom in the summer months. It’s even pretty quiet too, so whenever I come here I just feel at ease and I guess you could call it my happy place.
The main reason I absolutely love visiting this park is of course because I do my workouts here. But actually, it’s not only that. I’ve also met some fantastic people here and we’ve even made our own ‘’team’’. I believe we’ll teach people how to do street workouts in the future and I certainly hope we’ll be doing that at this particular park.
- What are the benefits that a park can bring to a city?
Well there are loads of benefits really, but I’ll mention two that I personally know. One is that it’s a green area where people can exercise if they like. You know, cities have been taken over by ugly grey buildings these days, so having plenty of green spaces to exercise in is essential for any city. Another benefit is the social benefits that citizens can get from parks. What I mean is, if you go and take a look at one of the parks in Hanoi now, you’ll see plenty of elderly retirees having a chat together on lazy afternoons. That’s another key benefit to society because city life can get lonely.
- How can we encourage young people to go to parks more often?
I guess one way to get them to go is introducing them to street workouts. Some teenagers might find that to be pretty cool if they tried it. Of course, they would get the chance to keep fit and meet new people. One more way I can think of is bringing them to the park from a young age, like 5-6 years old. If they liked going enough in that time, perhaps they’d be inclined to visit parks more often when they get older.
- Should the government make people clean parks and gardens?
That’s a definite yes. As I just mentioned, there are loads of benefits to having green spaces in cities, so they definitely need to be clean and accessible for people of all ages. As I know, the government employ people to clean up as well as maintain parks, so I don’t believe it is a huge issue in Hanoi, but they could do a better job of maintaining the WC’s in some parks I have visited.