By Anirvan Chatterjee, Dec 8, 2009 11:41 AM
Editor's note: This blog originally appeared on Year of No Flying. Anirvan Chatterjee is an entrepreneur and South Asian American community activist from Berkeley, California.
Climate change will ravage Vietnam. If we let sea levels rise by 1 meter, 5% of Vietnam may drown, impacting 11% of the population and a huge chunk of the rice crop. Poor coastal communities already face more typhoons, salination, flooding, and drought. But in the midst of the gloom, a new wave of young urban Vietnamese environmental activists are getting organized. In Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), we met almost fifty teen and twentysomething green activists--interviewing new friends over long meals, learning Vietnamese dances with young leaders, braving insane rush hour motorcycle traffic, watching students do water quality testing, and speaking at a gathering of local green clubs.