Building a Bridge to the Next Generation / Projects / The Bridge Builder

Thailand joins 10-10-10 Global Work Party


Thailand joins Global Action to cut Carbon Emission

Press Release

Khok Thai, Thailand – As the world goes to work on 10/10/10 to save the climate and convince the leaders around the globe to follow and act decisively on climate solutions, around 500 to 700 students will partake in the replanting of some of the approximately 1600 living baby teak trees on 6,400 square meters of land owned by Forest of Peace to help lock about 9,600 carbon dioxide every year.

Forest of Peace's Calendar page for Global Work Party by 350.org 10-10-10

Organized by the Forest of Peace, the tree replanting is joining the 7,000+ “Climate Work Parties” in 180 Countries for 10/10/10, the largest day of environmental action in history.

Global Work Day 10-10-10 - Chok Chai school kids in the teak plantation

Global Work Day 10-10-10 – Chok Chai school kids in the teak plantation

“Some of our 1,600 baby teak trees, which can be adopted through our website page Adopt A Tree, will be replanted in the formation of a circle around a pond to represent the shape of the earth on the occasion of Forest of Peace’s first birthday in 2011 to contribute to cleaning the air off CO2. Everybody is invited to help realize this enormous project as we join 350.org kick off this important task of stopping global warming,” said Dieter Thelen, the event spokesman.

German architect and designer Ludwig Johner will personally direct the work and the arrangement of the trees.

Local authorities from government and politicians are expected to attend the activity that will also have the monks represented by Phra Kru Suwannakprasit, the abbot of Wat Nong Phra Lan and Phra Sumangkalor and nine monks who will hold an inspection and subsequent ceremony.

“People will be doing very practical things on 10/10/10,” said Bill McKibben, 350.org founder and acclaimed environmental author. “But they also will be sending a pointed political message. When they put down their shovels, many will pick up their cell-phones to call their leaders and say: ‘We’re getting to work, what about you?’”

350.org organizers said they are expecting 100,000 trees planted around the globe, over 100 solar panels installed, hundreds of homes and buildings weatherized, cyclists to ride over 1,000 miles, and the citizens of Southeast Asia cleaning up at least 500 miles of coastline, pristine waterfalls and other water tributaries around the region.

350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide—measured in “Parts Per Million” in the earth’s atmosphere. According to the website of 350.org, 350 PPM is the number humanity needs to get back to as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate change.

The 10/10/10 events will start at sunrise on remote Pacific Islands and continue throughout the day until sunset off the coast of Hawaii in the United States. After each event, organizers will send in photos and videos to the 350.org website where they will be available to the general public and the media.
Thailand hosts one of the largest actions on October 24 last year when the campaign organized over 5,200 events in 182 countries to support the goal of reducing CO2 emissions.

Global Work Day in Chok Chai, Ratchasima Thailand

Adopt a Tree Today!

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-62), American Writer.

Forest of Peace in Khok Thai, Pak Thong Chai,
Nakhon Ratchasima 30150, Thailand.

Global Work Day in Chok Chai, Ratchasima Thailand

For the first time Forest of Peace invited 500 young people from the province of Nakhon Ratchasima, Chok Chai, together with their teachers, neighbors, monks, and friends of Forest of Peace and 350.org to partake in our worldwide quest against CO2. On 10.10.10. at 10am we all met at our field of baby teak trees planted last year to transplant some of them into the shape of earth. The work started in honest after we all attended a ceremony held by the monks in the nearby Wat Nong Chang Lan.

Here a quick itinerary of the CO2 working day:

10am All guests and monks met at the teak tree site
11am We all proceeded to the Wat for Buddhist Peace Ceremony followed by lunch and discussions with the local faculty.
2pm Back at the site precision measurement of our land was carried out by officials and the first teak trees were transplanted according to the vision of German artist Ludwig Johner.
Global Work Day in Chok Chai - school kids, photos taken by Peter Kraemer

Global Work Day in Thailand, Khok Chai – school kids, photos taken by Peter Kraemer

R