Elephant and mahout eat breakfast as they prepare to rally with communities, local government and civic groups in Chacheongsoa Province, around 100 kilometers North of Bangkok. The activity is part of the province’s “Rehabilitate and protect the Bangp...

Photo | September 20, 2009

Elephant and mahout eat breakfast as they prepare to rally with communities, local government and civic groups in Chacheongsoa Province, around 100 kilometers North of Bangkok. The activity is part of the province’s “Rehabilitate and protect the Bangpakong River Basin” event. Bangpakong River Basin’s watershed provides water for irrigation, agriculture, drinking and industrial uses. A recent poll commissioned by WWF, Greenpeace Southeast Asia and 350.org to support the Tcktcktck campaign revealed that among the serious impacts of climate change, Asians are most worried about water shortage. Greenpeace is calling on world leaders, particularly United States President Barack Obama, for an ambitious, fair and binding global climate treaty, and for funds for mitigation and adaptation from developed to developing countries, starting with funds to protect forests in Southeast Asia, home to 20 percent of all known species of plants and animals, including the Asian Elephant (chang in Thai).