SEEK holds 2nd annual meeting, announces ‘together we’re stronger’

Posted on November 25, 2013

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‘Together we’re stronger’, was one of the main messages to emerge from the second annual meeting of local environmental group SEEK (‘Society Environment Economy Knowledge’) on Friday (November 23), where much of the focus was on how to make and keep Phuket a sustainable island.

“Change is coming,” said Nick Anthony, co-founder of SEEK.

“Sustainability is a global issue, and if we’re not prepared, or not thinking about it, then we will have to face those changes unprepared.”

According to Nick, one of the main ideas to help achieve this is to bring together local and private companies based in Phuket to give something back to the island, such as the Go Green campaign.

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Go Green is a local campaign that has been going from strength to strength for the last two years, Supasima ‘Yui’ Sangwal, founder of the Go Green Phuket Community, told The Phuket News.

“We started off collecting and separating our own garbage two years ago, and then proposed that the OrBorTor make large recycling bins available for public use around Kamala. We now plan to distribute these bins – specially designed with bamboo and metal material – available throughout Phuket.”

“Littering is a visual issue,” said Nick, “you can see the difference, when it’s there and when it’s not.” To encourage more people to do something about it, a new street cleaning project has started every Sunday morning, open to everyone. “It’s great exercise, and helps your community at the same time.”

“Things have improved already in many ways,” said Nick on Friday. “To be a sustainable island, we have to not just think of ourselves, but think of the community. Together, we grow stronger.”

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