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National Park Cleaning day

27 Nov 2015 20:08 - 27 Nov 2015 20:09 #3246 by onflipflops
National Park Cleaning day was created by onflipflops
After an 'inspiring' visit to Tarnthip waterfall on the southern side of Khao Yai national park, I came up with the following idea. I will explain it below as an example, but of course any additional ideas would be more than welcome!
First some images of what inspired me.












The idea:
How about organizing a national-park-cleaning-day every 3 months(?) with as many wildlifethailand-forum members as possible. Pick a national park, bring a lot of garbage bags and garbage picking tools and simply start cleaning up around busy spots, and on trails and park roads. Good for the parks, and also good for all of us to make new like-minded friends.

In my opinion, a day in a weekend would be best for two reasons: 1) volunteer availability, expecting many of us have a job on weekdays, and 2) because on weekends the parks are most busy with locals visiting, and I think it is good that people actually see us doing this. It will make people think, and hopefully some people will even get excited and join us (maybe I am dreaming here, haha, but anyway...).
It would mean a minor investment to buy rubbish picking tools and garbage bags, but I am sure that's not a major financial burden. It means we need some pick-up trucks to transport the garbage out of the park, and to carry all participants around (at least if people are willing to join.).

I know the community on this forum is not huge, but even with just a few people I expect it is possible to clean up a lot of rubbish. More people means we can cover more ground.
If we could get some attention by the media, maybe the group size will increase in the future. But in a way I like the idea of it being primarily 'farang', at least for the first cleaning-day(s). Let it be a statement that the foreign community living in Thailand cares about nature.

Maybe I should just mention a date. After new year seems a good time in my opinion. By then all the hordes of visitors have done their contribution to the rubbish pile. The weekend of 09 - 10 January 2016 would maybe be a good start.
And I guess to get most 'visibility' let's pick the most popular park, Khao Yai national park.

Please leave a comment to show if you are interested to join or not, or if you have any other ideas.

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27 Nov 2015 21:39 #3247 by rushenb
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I am in!
The following user(s) said Thank You: onflipflops

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29 Nov 2015 10:19 #3248 by Paul T
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Fantastic idea!

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29 Nov 2015 21:39 #3253 by Geoff Potter
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I would certainly help

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03 Dec 2015 12:39 #3258 by onflipflops
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Great to read your positive responses!
Hopefully we get this organised.

Is the date mentioned ok for you guys? Or does anyone has a different suggestion?

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04 Dec 2015 13:48 #3260 by roblgs
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Fantastic idea, and would love to participate if health (none too good of late) permits. Khao Yai perfect.

Could I also suggest that perhaps providing t-shirts for those turning up to participate might also help in making those present look like a team, perhaps helping elicit questions from anyone observing.

Cheers


Rob

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04 Dec 2015 14:52 #3262 by onflipflops
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Good to hear Roblgs.
We had the same idea for wearing WildlifeThailand shirts to indeed look like a team.
Of course that comes with a cost as well, so we have to think about if this is worth it.
Thanks for your input!
And hopefully your health will not let you down!

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12 Dec 2015 12:58 #3266 by onflipflops
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Thanks to everyone for your positive response - I guess we should just make an appointment for the first Cleaning Day.

As mentioned in the first post, my suggestion is:
Date: Saturday 09 January 2016
Time: 9:00AM? Does that work for most of you?
Location: Khao Yai national park
Meeting point: Parking lot at the Visitor centre ( goo.gl/maps/LQyNjPiYAs92 )

Please, let me know in a private message if this date works for you.
And please add the following details:
1.) Name
2.) Number of participants
3.) Mobile phone
4.) Vehicle/ how many seats?

Of course you are welcome to spread the word and bring anyone interested to help out.
If there is anyone without a vehicle, then maybe you can let me know in private message, and hopefully we can find a solution to get you picked up somewhere in a nearby town, or at the park entrance.

You are more than welcome to bring any tools you think are useful for the purpose of cleaning.

I will try to bring as much as possible.

Hope to hear from all of you, and see you on the 9th of January!

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13 Dec 2015 15:46 #3268 by Paul T
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Tee shirts arriving tomorrow - off to printers on Wednesday.

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13 Dec 2015 19:56 #3269 by Geoff Potter
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I will be there and staying at the Pak Chong side. Can give two people a lift in if they don't have transport.

Geoff

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