Filed under: Eliminate toxic chemicals, Project Clean Water | Tags: Activism, Chao Praya, Mekong River, Thailand, World Water Day
Two rivers, two activists
The theme for this year’s World Water Day, celebrated last week, is “Clean water for a healthy world.” It’s a theme that nicely slots into one of Greenpeace’s most important campaigns in the region: protecting our water.
Here in Thailand our water campaign is focused on the Chao Phraya River which runs through the country’s central plains, through Bangkok, and several other towns before it reaches the gulf of Thailand. But as much beloved as the Chao Phraya is to Thais is the Mekong which runs through five countries and defines the border north and northeast Thailand. Greenpeace visited the Mekong recently to look at drought-affected areas in the vicinity.
The Chao Phraya and the Mekong are perhaps Thailand’s two most iconic rivers. This blog is about two people, both activists, who are working to protect these two rivers.
Filed under: Change Caravan, Stop climate change, Thailand | Tags: c2c, change caravan, Chang[e], Copenhagen, elephants, Filipino, greenpeacebuzz, TERF, Thailand
This 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.
Filed under: Change Caravan, Stop climate change, Thailand | Tags: c2c, change caravan, Chang[e], Copenhagen, elephants, greenpeacebuzz, Thailand
The moment we saw this everyone called it the “perfect photo.” It was taken just at the right time when the sun had newly risen. The elephants went for a dip before they set off for the second leg of the Chang[e] Caravan.
The water reminded me that later on on this journey we‘ll be visiting climate impacted areas. in a watershed area. one of climate change‘s greatest impacts is on water availability. we‘re not walking for elephants in this caravan, we‘re walking for all those whose future depends on stabilizing the climate.
Filed under: Change Caravan, Stop climate change, Thailand | Tags: Biodiversity, c2c, change caravan, Chang[e], Climate Impacts, Copenhagen, elephants, forest protection, Global Warming, Renewable Energy, Thailand
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.
Filed under: Change Caravan, Stop climate change, Thailand | Tags: c2c, change caravan, Chang[e], Copenhagen, elephants, greenpeacebuzz, Pak Am, Thailand
September 12, 2009
We launched the Chang(e) Caravan last Saturday with a traditional Thai mahout ceremony called the Pak-Am. Now, if you knew what the Pak-Am was originally, you’d wonder why on earth it would be part of a Greenpeace project launch!
The ritual’s origins can be traced to a centuries old Khmer (now Cambodia) practice –a mahout prays for safety before he goes into the jungle to catch elephants. In other words, it’s a ritual that originated with elephant poaching. Yes–you read that right –elephant poaching.
Interesting, eh? But these days, now that elephant poaching is (thankfully) illegal, the Pak-Am has taken on a milder forms.
One is as a rite of passage for mahouts—to be a respected mahout one has to pass the Pak-Am. (In the past, this meant that the mahout had to have caught 11 to 16 elephants.)
Filed under: Change Caravan, Stop climate change | Tags: c2c, change caravan, Chang[e], Copenhagen, elephants, greenpeacebuzz, solar generation, Thailand
After walking 3 days under the scorching sun for the Chang(e) Caravan, I am welcoming the thunder storm that is raging while we seek shelter under the roof of a Buddhist temple at Nakhonratchasima Province in Thailand.
For 15 days, I am part of a team led by Greenpeace that is traveling 250 kilometers through Thailand with 5 majestic Asian elephants from Khao Yai National Park, a world heritage site, to Bangkok, in time for the preparation meeting of the United Nations climate change summit that begins in the end of the month.
Filed under: Stop climate change, Thailand | Tags: bangkok, c2c, Climate Change, Copenhagen, Tcktcktack, Thailand
To mark the launch of tcktcktck campaign, 100 days ahead of the crucial climate meeting in Copenhagen, Greenpeace called upon world leaders , especially President Obama to show courage and determination and ensure that there words are translated into action to avert the worst impacts of climate change.