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H&L Diaries | Day 2 Chapter 1: Alongkot, Born for Chang by Chuck Baclagon

©Greenpeace/Albert LozadaDear diary,

Throughout our trip, we met several amazing people—one of which was Dr. Alongkot Chukaew, the director of Thai Elephant Research and Conservation Fund (TREF).  If you want to know anything about elephants—from their physical appearance to their behavior—he’s the best person to ask.

As it turns out, he has a very sentimental reason of why he’s enamored with the elephants. “I love elephants because of my mother”, he said. “When my mother was pregnant with me, she wanted to see elephants so badly so she went to a zoo far away from home. When I was young, she would always show me the pictures she had with the elephants”, he added while explaining to us how her mother kept on telling him of how important the elephants are as part of their belief as Thais.

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H&L Diaries | Day 1 Chapter 1: Introduction by Chuck Baclagon
September 25, 2009, 10:14 am
Filed under: Change Caravan, Indonesia, Life at work, Stop climate change, Thailand

Copy of DSC_0422We are Hani and Lalit, Greenpeace University SEA (GPU) graduates who were given the opportunity to join the Chang[e] Caravan project in Thailand.  As recent graduates of GPU, learned a lot of things about constructing a campaign, and being part of the journey and activities was an opportunity we truly welcomed as it was a chance for us to apply what we learned from the 3 month program.
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H&L Diaries | Day 1 Chapter 2: Chang Cin Lok by Chuck Baclagon

If you’re thinking Chang Cin Lok is a Chinese name, then you are…………..wrong!

Chang in Thailand means elephant, and Cin Lok in Indonesia is short for “cinta lokasi” which means love upon meeting each other and being in the same location at the same time.  So in short, Chang Cin Lok illustrates 2 elephants participating in this Chang(e) Caravan journey.  From hundreds of elephants in the Khao Yai National Park, 5 lucky elephants were selected to participate in the journey and we were so excited to meet them today!!!

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nice one =) by Chuck Baclagon
September 25, 2009, 4:42 am
Filed under: Life at work, Philippines | Tags: , , ,

Philippine Blog AwardsI was surprised when I saw the trackbacks to the blogs earlier today, it was from the Philippine Blog Awards website who’s just released the list of finalist for the 2009 Philippine Blog Awards and to my surprise the Greenpeace Southeast Asia is among of the finalists for the Best Advocacy Blogs category!

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Behind that masked grey visage by Chuck Baclagon

On Sunday, September 20, Chang(e) Caravan joined the citizens of Chanchoengsao, in their local festivities that combined the Global Car-Free Day with the provincial river- protection day.

Strangely enough, this was our first day in a town, after walking for days skirting around the Khao Yai National Park, and none of us, including our great friends and fellow-travelers, the elephants were particularly happy about it.

But the enthusiastic welcome by hundreds of bikers from local bike club, students from the local schools and colleges, farmers and traders who are members of agri-nature foundation and soldiers of local military unit, made the short walk through town worthwhile.

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Quotes by Chuck Baclagon

From the UN General Assembly special session on climate Change 22 Sept 09

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

“Climate change is the pre-eminent geopolitical and economic issue of the 21st century. It rewrites the global equation for development, peace and security.” – Ban Ki-moon

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Stupid is what stupid does… by Chuck Baclagon

Yesterday night, as part of the Chang[e] Caravan, we hosted the premier screening of Age of Stupid in Bangkok.  The movie is set in a bleak dystopian future because the leaders of today failed to act.
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