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Visitors exchange old books for trees at Ho Chi Minh City green fest

Monday, June 03, 2019, 18:26 GMT+7
Visitors exchange old books for trees at Ho Chi Minh City green fest
People queue to exchange books for trees at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A large number of people exchanged old books, used bottles and plastic bags for green trees and other environment-friendly items at a festival for environmental protection in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday.

In response to the World Environment Day (June 5), the “Song Xanh” (Green Living) fair, an event meant for students, children, and locals to know more about sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle, was organized by the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment at Le Van Tam Park in District 1 yesterday.

The organizers set up more than 80 booths to motivate visitors to engage in several activities, including painting, book-tree swaps, quizzes, and biodegradable item making.

Participants, most of whom were students and children, formed long queues in front of the book-exchanging booths until midday. 

They brought used items from their homes to swap for little pots of trees, vegetables, and other biodegradable products, such as canvas bags and paper straws.

At Sunday’s event, Nguyen Toan Thang, director of the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment, also kicked off the action month for the environment in the southern metropolis.

Participants make straws from plants at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Participants make straws from plants at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

People visit an organic vegetable booth at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

People visit an organic vegetable booth at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

People queue to exchange books for trees at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

People queue to exchange books for trees at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Children color paintings in environmental protection themes at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Children color paintings in environmental protection themes at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Children color paintings in environmental protection themes at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Children make crafts in environmental protection themes at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

People  exchange books for trees at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

People exchange books for trees at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Signs promoting environmental protection are seen at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Two women use paper cups to drink water at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Two women use paper cups to drink water at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

People queue to exchange books for trees at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

People queue to exchange books for trees at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Children color paintings in environmental protection themes at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Children color paintings in environmental protection themes at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Used books from participants pile up at a booth at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Used books from participants pile up at a booth at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Children take part in a parade on bicycles at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Children take part in a parade on bicycles at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A woman takes a photo of a poster promoting environmental protection at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A woman takes a photo of a poster promoting environmental protection at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A flashcard giving information about environmental issues is seen at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A flashcard giving information about environmental issues is seen at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Children color paintings in environmental protection themes at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre  Nguyen Toan Thang, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment, speaks at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre         People take part in a quiz at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

People take part in a quiz at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Toan Thang, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment, speaks at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Toan Thang, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment, speaks at Song Xanh Festival at Le Van Tam Park, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, June 2, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

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