We know Donald Trump has a love-hate relationship with the media but let’s hope that doesn’t prevent him from following the news so he is aware of the havoc created by Mother Nature during the last month or so—Thailand’s record rainfalls included. By pulling out of the Paris Agreement on climate change in June, he is not helping the situation and if anything, is contributing to a worsening ecosystem. Extreme temperatures and unpredictable weather are all signs of global warming, but that’s not enough to change his mind.
It is especially sad since the US used to be an example of a country that cares for the environment. However, with his America First campaign, Trump doesn’t give a hoot what the rest of the world thinks, as long as his election base is happy. Deadly heat waves hitting India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in the next few decades? So what? Thawing ice caps resulting in rising sea levels and the drowning of small islands? As long as they aren’t part of the US of A. Aah... but what about the increasing frequency and strength of the hurricanes hitting America’s southern states? Not man-made climate change, he says.
It’s just as well there are sane and intelligent leaders around who have vowed to continue in the fight to lower carbon emissions with or without America. In addition, millions of ordinary people like you and I are, thank goodness, smarter than the head of what is supposed to be a superpower and doing our bit to help preserve the environment.
In this issue we talk to four eco warriors, each one playing his or her part to make sure they help to make the world greener. Piphat Apiruktanakorn of KidKid and Ecoshop Common uses recycled wood to make furniture, Lalana Srikram of Raitong Organics Farm grows organic vegetables, Saroengrong Wong-Savun of Rubber Killer recycles used rubber into new products and Abigail Smith of ThaiHarvest SOS works to reduce food waste.
(Relevant: Thailand Tatler 2017 Generation T List)
It doesn’t have to be a mega project. As long as each of us does our little bit to reduce, reuse and recycle, we are contributing to a better world for our children. Even with The Donald around.