Phuket gets ready to celebrate World Environment Day

Posted on June 4, 2014

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Tomorrow (June 5) is World Environment Day (WED), an annual day designated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to promote environmental stewardship in urban centres across the globe.

“Planet Earth is our shared island, let us join forces to protect it.”

– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

There will be a number of exhibitions and activities to mark WED in Phuket from Thursday through Saturday (June 7). The theme for this year’s event is, ‘Raise your voice, not the sea level’, and will focus on how urban dwellers can reduce the causes and impacts of climate change.

This year’s WED activities have been made possible by the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization and Phuket City Municipality, who have joined together with provincial water and waste management officials, along with various local organisations – private and public – including the Prince of Songkhla University Phuket Campus, SEEK (Society, Environment, Economy and Knowledge) and a number of local hotels and government agencies.

The aim is to raise awareness and knowledge through a number of activities planned for the three days at the Chalermphrakiet 72 Pansa Maha Ratchanee Park (Queen’s Park), located just down the road from the Seng Ho book store, between Thalang and Dibuk Roads in Phuket Town.

Set up at the park will be a number of exhibitions promoting “pollution-free city of trees” – innovative reuse and recycle projects and inventions will be on show, as well as demonstrations and learning stations for how to properly dispose of toxic waste in Phuket (household batteries, chemicals, and so on); news, developments and breakthroughs in sustainable energy, cycling and booths by SEEK as well as the National Institute of Development Administration.

Other activities include an awards ceremony for recent Phuket Green Awards recipients; second hand items from hotels for sale, and various booths selling eco-friendly products. General medical check-ups will be provided by OrBorJor Phuket hospital, there will be photo and drawing contests, an environmental seminar, live music and stage performances, as well as tree planting by children.

A highlight on Saturday morning will be a community planting of Bougainvillea flowers, in Thai called fueang fa, which is the provincial flower of Phuket. A total of 500 flower trees will be planted along Klong Bang Yai canal, which empties much of Phuket’s treated and untreated wastewater out into the ocean at Saphan Hin.

WED was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 on the day that the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began. The first World Environment Day was celebrated in 1973. WED is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment.

Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanising individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.

WED activities in Phuket will take place from 8:30am until the evening on June 5, 6 and 7; the opening ceremony on Thursday begins at 9am.

WED Phuket itinerary

June 5

8-9am – Opening ceremony

9-10am – Phuket Green Awards

10am-3.30pm – Display environment picture contest works / exhibitions open

3.30-4.30pm – Announce environment picture contest winners

6-7pm – Presentation about WED by PSU

7-9pm – Music and shows

June 6

10am-3.30pm – Display environment picture contest works / exhibitions open

5.30-6pm – Announce/award environment picture contest winners

June 7

9-10am – Planting of Bougainvillea flower trees, starting from Phuket Vocational College at Saphan Hin

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