Thais petition for Renewable energy legislation Frog croak against Government inaction on climate change

Feature story - October 31, 2006
Greenpeace activists delivered to the new government today more than 10,000 postcards from citizens of Thailand demanding a renewable energy legislation to ensure the energy security of the nation. In a unique protest addressing the new government, over 50 activists arrived at the Government House with wooden musical frogs and raised a ruckus to bring to notice the fate of frogs, the first species threatened to be wiped out to extinction by climate change.

Students from Rajvinit Banggaew school stroke wooden musical frogs to accompany the delivery of 10,000 postcards in front of the Thai parliament. The postcards were collected from citizens of Thailand demanding a renewable energy legislation to ensure the energy security of the nation. Recent studies indicate that frogs are the first species threatened to be wiped out to extincition by climate change.

Students from Rajvinit Banggaew school stroke wooden musical frogs to accompany the delivery of 10,000 postcards in front of the Thai parliament. The postcards were collected from citizens of Thailand demanding a renewable energy legislation to ensure the energy security of the nation. Recent studies indicate that frogs are the first species threatened to be wiped out to extincition by climate change.

"Frogs, the sentinels of our ecosystem, are already threatened to be wiped out by climate change and the dire impacts to humans cannot be very far behind. The world needs to act to halt global warming and we are calling upon the Thai government to take the lead in harnessing renewable energy in the country, which will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but offer energy security," said Tara Buakamsri, Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaigner.

 

Over the last six months, citizens across Thailand signed "Clean Energy Now" postcards in support of an awareness program by Greenpeace on the economic and environmental threats posed by climate change. The postcards, which reject CO2-spewing coal power plants, reflect the desire of common Thais who dream of a clean and green future.

 

The activists also demanded that the government revisit Thailand's Power Development Plan and scrap proposals of more coal power plants and instead aggressively invest in the abundant renewable energy sources available in the country to meet its energy requirements. For

years, Greenpeace has campaigned globally for massive shift in clean energy to thwart climate change and its impacts on life on Earth.

 

According to reports scientists, a global temperature rise of a mere 0.6 degrees Celsius over the last century has sent shock waves throughout the animal kingdom. Amongst the first victims of this extreme weather and climatic conditions are harlequin frogs, entire species of which have perished due to a form of fungus that has multiplied following hotter temperatures. Scientists monitoring wildlife around the world are echoing one conclusion : many more species will perish.'

 

"It's a sad truth that climate change has already inflicted damage to some life-forms. But we can still halt the severe impacts of climate change to life on Earth by stopping new investments in fossil fuels, such as coal, and immediately shift to clean energy," said Tara.

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