​Hue youngsters launch #trashtag competition

Hue youngsters launch #trashtag competition
People join hand to clean an area in Hue, central Vietnam. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

With the #Trashtag challenge making its way to social media feeds encouraging local youths to clean up severely littered areas in their localities, a competition that challenges young people to take on the cleaning up activity was launched on Sunday in Hue, the capital of the central Vietnamese province of Thua Thien-Hue.

The competition, “An act to change – For a green Hue,” was kicked off by the province’s Institute for Development Studies, inspired by the Challenge for Change, or the #Trashtag Challenge.

An online phenomenon, the#Trashtag Challenge encourages young people to find an outdoor area that has been overrun with litter, gather a group of friends to help clean it, and post ‘before and after’ photos to social media.

The “An act to change – For a green Hue” applies similar rules as the #Trashtag challenge’s: participants are required to show off photos of an area that needs cleaning up in Thua Thien – Hue before and after they clean the site.

All participants are required to be seen on scene in the photo entries.

After doing the good deed, contestants are required to post the photos on their personal Facebook profiles or the competition’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Hue.challengeforchange ), accompanied by the #huegreen hashtag and a short paragraph showing their thoughts on the event.

People join hand to clean an area in Hue, central Vietnam. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

The first leg of the competition is held from March 15 to April 14.

Each reaction and share of the photos on Facebook are considered one vote. One entry with the highest number of votes will win the monthly award, to be announced on the 15th day of every month.

Even though it is called a competition, the project is not really looking for a winner, according to the organizers.

Instead, the contest wants people to roll lend a hand in protecting the environment, cleaning up the streets, and understanding the importance of a clean area, according to a representative of the Thua Thien – Hue administration.

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