Climate change, one of the worst global problems, is slowly taking its toll. Although it may not be felt that much in some places, there are countries that are greatly affected by this drastic phenomenon, including Vietnam.
According to BBC, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment predicted that by the year 2100, the rising sea levels would swallow a big chunk of the country's Mekong Delta region. Mekong Delta is responsible for Vietnam's 50 percent of rice production, and over 20 percent of the whole country's population reside here, according to Climate. EarthJournalism.
Vietnam pretty much resigned with the knowledge that nothing could really stop this upcoming disaster. But by planting mangrove trees, they think they have a small chance, said then Minister of the Environment Nguyen Minh Quan.
Mangroves are pretty beneficial. They act as natural storm barriers when planted in front of coastlines and they absorb enormous amounts of carbon dioxide in the air. Unfortunately, Vietnam has lost more than a half of its mangrove forests due to urban development and deforestation, therefore bringing them back is a wise choice.
One of the current signs that Vietnam is experiencing the worst end of the stick of climate change is that whenever rainy season comes in, intense flooding usually comes afterward. It's an early sign and if no other form of action would be undertaken, the next flooding could be the last, and submerged cities and small villages would remain underwater.
Right now, there are several environmental groups that are aiming to spread awareness of this problem to most locals. If everybody believes in the cause, it would be so much easier to revive Vietnam's lost mangrove forests and help slow down the inevitable sinking of some parts of the country.
Vietnam is a country in Southeast Asia that is frequently visited by tourists. Its rich culture is a world treasure, therefore, preservation of this beautiful country is a must.