Thailand's supporters e-newsletter 23 May 2009

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Thailand supporters e-newsletter 23 May 2009

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23 May 2009
Dear Greenpeace supporter,
Greetings from Nakhonsawan! I am writing this from a boat on the Chao Praya river. Here our Mae Nam, flows wide and smooth, on both its banks I can see dense forests, with a few houses here and there. The upper reach of the river looks gorgeous and smells nice and clean. Yesterday, May 22, 2009, marked the launch of our Toxic Free Chao Phraya campaign. Four Greenpeace activists in inflatable canoes were flagged off by Mr. Suphakit Boonyarithiphong, Governor of Nakhonsawan, for a unique 350 km long river-journey.Almost 800 people showed up for the wonderful opening ceremony hosted by citizens of Nakhonsawan. Over 500 students from 10 schools welcomed us and wrote messages for the protection of Chao Praya river that will be shared with downstream river communities. You can watch images of the colourful ceremony, the first day's rowing and some of the messages here or read the news here. Both the Governor and Mayor of Nakhonsawan endorsed Greenpeace's call to protect Thailand's most iconic river from the toxic pollution, especially from poisonous effluents from factories and ever increasing domestic waste and chemicals runoffs from farms and plantations on its banks.

Meanwhile our activists in the canoes are rowing hard under the blue sky, aware that this is going to be a long and tough journey. We have already encountered floating garbage consisting of plastic and styrofoam and also dead fish. I am sure we will witness more terrible scenes as we enter the dirtier parts of the river, as the population, industry and farms get more dense on its banks.You can follow the river-journey on our blog, but may I also urge you to participate in our online activities to express your support for the protection of Chao Praya.We know you care about Mae Nam as much as we do.Thank you,

Nuntanit New Media Campaigner
P.S. To join the river tour's exciting program on 27 May, please contact Pimjai at Tel. 02 357 1921 ext. 133 or 081 734 4435 by 25 May 2009, 5pm. Please forward this e-mail to your friends and family.

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