Thailand's Supporters e-newsletter 28 May 2009

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Thailand supporters e-newsletter 28 May 2009

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28 May 2009
Dear supporter,
The 'Toxic-free Chao Phraya' river tour arrived at the historical city of Ayuthaya to a rousing reception by the local citizens. Hundreds of smiles and colorful flags greeted us as we rowed our canoes into the city and our tiredness and fatigue quickly disappeared.On the occasion, the Governor of Ayuthaya had organized a river clean-up to support Greenpeace's campaign to protect Chao Phraya river. We joined over 500 local people, Greenpeace supporters and activists in wooden dinghies to collect waste and garbage from the Kumuang and Bangkuad canals of the river. It was indeed a disgusting job, to collect dirty diapers, plastic bags full of waste food, styrofoam and rubbish of all sorts from the river but at the end of the day, we think we did a good job and made our section of canal look as clean as the river at its origin.I could not help but think if the visible garbage is so disgusting, what about the invisible garbage which is much more dangerous - toxic effluents from factories and chemical runoffs from agricultural lands that we cannot clean up but only the government and industry can.Tomorrow, on 29th May 2009, we will conclude our journey in Bangkok at the Temple of Dawn and tell the government to take immediate action to protect our Mae Nam. We have many stories to tell from our journey you can read about it all at our blog.And hey, you can be a part of the river journey without having to row a canoe like we did. All you have to do is go to http://www.greenpeace.org/seasia/th/take-action-for-river and post your messages, pictures, blogs, videos to protect the river.Thank you for helping us protecting our mae nam!
Watcharapon (Kwan), the canoe team
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