Greenpeace Southeast Asia


Beautiful Moment by Chuck Baclagon

Elephants and their mahouts take Thai Buddhist monks to the venue for the send of blessing for the Greenpeace Chang(e) Caravan.

September 12, 2009

Yes, after the  successful launch yesterday- with full work integration across all departments and 3 countries, today we started our journey early in the morning with a Buddhism traditional blessing ceremony. We all, Greenpeace team, together with other guests and community people gathered in front of the research center (launching place) to offer food to the monks while they were sitting on the 5 elephants – who are now walking with the caravan. This will surely bring us good luck throughout the journey. Beautiful moment- indeed.

Then we started walking.  Besides the Thai team, we also have the campaign team from the Philippines and Indonesia walk together – led by Shai and Tara. Our super Shai and his son Shane were ones of the few persons who could walk non-stop throughout the whole 10 km route today, despite a sunny day – wow.  Along the way, we stopped at the energy efficiency resort- they happily welcomed us and presented their energy efficiency design buildings which are powered by wind turbine and solar cells, which exemplify a good practice for climate change mitigation. They also gave us some donations for the Chang(e) Caravan.  Walked a few more kilometres, then we reached the place where we would stay overnight.

For tomorrow, breakfast starts at 5am and we start walking at 6am, in order  to reach the destination before noon. We will visit the school and meet with 300 students. The Public Outreach team has prepared many interesting activities for them. Let’s see how it goes.

Watch the slideshow of the journey set off here.

Ply Pirom
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