VietNamNet Bridge – Vu Thi Xen, 24, is the founder and face of an award-winning project to promote environmental issues among young people. Xen has devoted much of her youth to green issues. Eco-warrior: Xen (middle of front row) bikes around Ha Noi on Sunday mornings to promote a greener lifestyle. — VNS File Photo The first time Xen understood the importance of environmental preservation was during an encounter with a club called Cycling for Environment. Its purpose is to gather youngsters from all over the country to go on bike tours to raise environmental awareness, including global warming. “My father was very supportive, but my mother was not so approving. She refused to believe that a petite girl like myself could ride a bicycle around the country,” Xen said. The first trip was a six-week journey from Ha Noi on June 29. It crossed 17 provinces and cities before finally arriving in HCM City on August 11. Fifty young people took part down 2,000km of the legendary Truong Son Trail. Xen was the leader of the group. “We all tapped into a mysterious spring of energy. We were cycling all day, every other day for six weeks,” Xen said, “On average, we made 80km a day, 130 at our best. We woke up at 4.30 and were back on the bikes at five.” The group stopped at every villages on the way to talk with people, including many ethnic villagers, about issues, particularly the protection of rare wild animals….