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All eyes on Obama by Chuck Baclagon

For the last few days at the Chang[e] Caravan, our eyes and ears have been partly focused on the special session on climate change during the UN General Assembly yesterday.

We’ve put out two stories about climate vulnerable communities that we and the elephants have visited here in the central plains of Thailand, still calling on world leaders, particularly US President Obama, to act.
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Isa and the Chang[e] Caravan petition by Chuck Baclagon
September 18, 2009, 8:00 am
Filed under: Change Caravan, Stop climate change, Thailand | Tags: , , , , ,

_MG_4174-websize Isa (Wiriya) is our cheerfully tireless media officer in the Bangkok office.  Here she’s going beyond duty to help distribute the brochures which contain the petition we’re running for the Chang[e] Caravan.

The people we’ve met along the way have been all too happy to support our Caravan.  We’ve passed houses, stores and establishments – communities – who have given us and the elephants water, corn, sugar cane, candies and juice, and a place to rest our weary feet.
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Meet Tui by Chuck Baclagon

Meet Tui (Sataporn Thongma), our fantastic photographer. That’s him behind Jeeb holding the banner. Chang-13Sept09-websize-0014

You’d never guess, but Tui is also our IT guy here in the Greenpeace Bangkok office.

Tui has been capturing all the beautiful moments from the Caravan and we’ll miss him when he has to return to Bangkok and go back being the techie…..

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Beautiful Moment #4 by Chuck Baclagon
September 18, 2009, 2:01 am
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Elephants, close up by Chuck Baclagon
September 18, 2009, 1:35 am
Filed under: Change Caravan, Stop climate change, Thailand | Tags: , , , , ,

You never get to know an elephant until you go on an elephant caravan.
And we’ve been really up close with five of them in this journey. More on each of them later….

Meanwhile, here are some interesting close up photos from Tui…

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People-Elephant-Forest by Chuck Baclagon

_MG_4105-websizeThis is a photo of a People-Elephant-Forest talk which the TERF (Thai Elephant Research and Conservation Fund) usually conduct.  Their audience varies and this one that we conducted last Tuesday is the talk for school children.

TERF conducts these conservation awareness talks mainly in support of their thrust to reduce Human Elephant Conflict (HEC) elephants (particularly wild elephants) are sometimes known to wander out of the forest (because the forests are getting smaller, or the herds are getting too big for the forest to sustain them, that they usually encounter situations with communities, like trampling on cornfields and eating the crops.  This becomes a source of conflict, so that some people regard elephants as pests and sometimes even kill them.
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You can never get tired of watching elephants taking a shower…. by Chuck Baclagon

Greenpeace-ChangeCaravan-17Sep09-05-webElephants can suck up to 14 liters of water at a time.  Just imagine how much water a large creature such as the elephant needs.

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