The Body Shop, Greenpeace and Thailand cycling club join forces, organise a bike rally demanding clean energy now

Feature story - April 21, 2002
Bangkok, 21 April 2002 - The Body Shop, Thailand Cycling Club and Greenpeace Southeast Asia co-organize a bike rally in Bangkok prior to the Earth Day campaigning to stop global warming today. The activity involves signatures hunting for the petition calling for clean energy to two billion people by 2010. The petition will be delivered to the world government at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg in September 2002.

Participants from Thailand Cycling Club together with cyclists from other clubs throughout the country joined The Body Shop staffs and Greenpeace activists and assembled at the Lumpini Park for taking a 20-kiolometre cycle around Bangkok. The guest of honour in the event is Mr.Sonthaya Khunpluem, the Minister of Science, Technology and Environment. Along the way, the cyclists encourage people to sign a petition demanding access to renewable energy for two billion of the world's poorest by 2010. All the signatures worldwide will be delivered to world leaders at the WSSD in September. Stop global warming: Choose Positive Energy campaign leaflets were also distributed carrying information on causes and impacts of global warming and renewable energy i.e. solar, wind and biomass. The campaign is featuring in 27 countries across the world in the lead up to WSSD.

The public can help strengthen the message by signing a petition at The Body Shop stores across Thailand from now on until end of August. People can also pick up a Stop global warming : Choose Positive Energy leaflet in-store and buy souvenirs of the campaign in-store. The fund raising will be contributed to an installation of a solar pv system at Thai Hill tribe community education center Mae Fah Luang located at Pangtong village, Chiang Dao district, Chiang Mai. The public participation in the campaign will mark an important force to pressure governments and energy companies to make changes to save the climate.

"The energy problem is not only environmental but social as well. Therefore, we should raise public awareness on the issue and organize more public activities like ours today. It will help educate the public and learn how they can do their bit to be environmental friendly and help save the climate," commented Thongchai Pannasawad Ph.D., the Chairperson of the Thailand Cycling Club.