Here’s an exciting post by Nhi Thoi, the new copywriter from 350 Vietnam. Thanks to Susan Kim for her help with editing.

Dear 350 Gurus!

Are you ready to have an exciting 2013 with Global Power Shift (GPS)? The 350 Vietnam team has been jumping up and down with excitement, so much excitement that they’ve already hosted a music night in anticipation for GPS campaigning last Thursday night in Ho Chi Minh City!

Top Vietnamese singers and Goodwill Ambassadors like Thanh Bui, Pham Anh Khoa, Sy Luan, Thuy Hoang Diem, and PiBand, brought in over 400 audience members to rock the night away with their hits.  Our special guests went beyond performing their songs to comment on their shared love of nature, humanity, and the country, revealing personal stories concerning climate change through improvised rap.

In an endeavor to raise people’s consciousness about environmental crises, singer-musician, CEO of Soul Academy, and Vietnam Power Shift’s first partner, Mr. Thanh Bui shared with the crowd, “If we want to change the world, we have to, first change ourselves. I believe in the power of music because music is the best way to inspire and change people’s perceptions about the Earth’s problems.”

We were also able to welcome Mike Spine – a singer, recording artist, and music teacher on a six-month global humanitarian music tour to six continents raising awareness for social, economic and environmental justice.

“I’m very lucky to work with in the United States. Climate change is a huge challenge, and I’m very impressed to see young Vietnamese people respond strongly to 350’s movement,” said Mike Spine. “I hope to be able to bring this enthusiasm to the young communities in the countries where I pass through in my tour, and I’m confident that global youth are those who will make a change.”

Vietnam’s GPS Music Night has marked the country as one of the first to officially kick off a national GPS campaign for 2013, and beyond! Vietnam Power Shift is planning to take the nation by storm with the slogan Clean Energy for the Green Planet.  With events to be held in Ho Chi Minh City during September, Vietnam Power Shift will provide the opportunity for people to come together for a future of sustainable development based on clean and environmentally friendly energy solutions.  The 350 Vietnam coordination team is hard at work seeking partners to assist with the event.

Help us cheer the 350 Vietnam team on and wishing them the best of luck with Vietnam Power Shift!  Visit 350 Vietnam or contact Ms. Hong Hoang at [email protected] if you want to join this exciting campaign. For pictures and visuals, visit here, or see a short video of the music night here.