Rainbow Warrior arrives in Phuket with a clear message

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The Greenpeace flagship ‘Rainbow Warrior’ has arrived at the Phuket Deep Sea Port, where she will remain until Tuesday, with free tours on board the ship and a series of fun events and serious talks about critical issues affecting the environment in Thailand.

With a banner emblazoned “Break Free From Coal” hoisted between two masts, the ship will be the centre of activities for the next few days, with open tours of the boat from 9am to 5pm today (June 10).

At 4:30pm today will be a forum titled “Conservation of Marine Biodiversity in Phuket as a World Tourism City” that will continue until 6pm.

Key panellists include Marine Biologist Dr Nalinee Thongtham from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre; Dr Arpa Wangkiat from Rangsit University; Phuket Civic Group member Chote Tangvinit; Ao Kung Bay Conservation Group leader Pradit Puangket and Phuket environmental activist Rattanaporn Jangjaidee.

From 6:30pm to 7:30pm will be a mini-concert by Job Bunjob, follows by Thai pop-rock band Tattoo Colour from 7:30pm to 9pm.

After the free open boat tours tomorrow, the fun continues on Monday (June 11) with a cooking competition conducted in Thai and English featuring elementary school students from Phuket and neighbouring provinces from 10:30am to midday, with Chef Pom Thanaruk Chuto and Rainbow Warrior Captain Hettie Geenen as the cooking-contest judges.

From 2pm to 4pm on Monday will be the “VEG TALK ‘Less Meat More Veggies’” event featuring a series of expert speakers, as follows:

– Seeing a broken food system through a simple meal

by Kingkorn Narintarakul Na Ayuthaya, Biothai

– Less is more: Reducing meat and dairy for a healthier life and planet

by Watcharapol Daengsubha, Greenpeace Southeast Asia

– Sustainable Consumption and Production within the food supply chain

by Ply Pirom, WWF-Thailand

– How eating plant-based meals can support local communities

by Amnaj Maiyodkrang, President of Wang Nam Khiao Non-toxic Agriculture Cooperative under the Royal Initiative

– Diet for climate – a solution to the world major problem that begin with one’s plate
by Maria Poonlertlarp, Miss Universe Thailand 2017

Another key event on the ship’s itinerary is the launch of the report “Thailand Renewable Energy Job Creation” from 10am to 11am on Tuesday (June 12).

Key speakers at the launch will be Dr Decharut Sukkumnoed from the Faculty of Economics at Kasetsart University; Dr Somnuck Jongmeewasin of the International College at Silpakorn University; Asst Prof Dr Usa Onthong from the Research Centre for Energy and Environment at Thaksin University; and Somchet Chaiyalap from the Sustainable Energy Research Centre for Communities in Kalasin Province.

The report launch on Tuesday will be followed by the forum “Renewable Energy Investment in Thailand” from 11am to 12:30pm, featuring Luepong Luenam from the Faculty of Agricultural Technology at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang; Asst Prof Chedsada Mingchai from Uttaradit Rajabhat University; Suphakit Nantavorakarn from the Healthy Public Policy Foundation; and Nathee Sitthiprasart from the Renewable Energy Industry Club under The Federation of Thai Industries. – Phuket News

 


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