Elephants from the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan pass by a rice field in Thailand’s Suraburi province. The ADB estimates that climate change can lead to a 50% decline in rice production compared to 1990 levels in Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippine...

Photo | September 15, 2009

Elephants from the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan pass by a rice field in Thailand’s Suraburi province. The ADB estimates that climate change can lead to a 50% decline in rice production compared to 1990 levels in Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam by the next century, and states that rising temperatures have already led to reduced crop yields in Thailand, particularly in non-irrigated areas. The Chang(e) Caravan, a march for change by people and elephants rehabilitated by the Thai Elephant Research and Conservation Fund, is on its fourth day of traversing Thailand’s Central Plains to tell the story of climate change impacts to communities, and to gather support for calling on world leaders, particularly United States President Obama, for an ambitious, fair and binding climate deal in Southeast Asia, and to make available necessary funds to protect Southeast Asia’s natural forests, to ensure the future of the region and its people.

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