Clean up the World – Bangkok River Sept’17

Clean Up the World 2017 in Bangkok is geared up for cleaning and citizen science to get hard data for long-term goals.

Clean Up the World is a community based environmental campaign that inspires and empowers communities from every corner of the globe to clean up, fix up, and conserve their environment. Now in its 24th year, Clean Up the World, held in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), mobilises an estimated 35 million volunteers from 130 countries annually, making it one of the largest community-based environmental campaigns in the world.

Bangkok River Partners is proud to join the campaign in Bangkok. In 2017, our partner hotels and venues are working with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Eco-Capitals Forum (comprised of foreign embassies in Bangkok), local businesses, community groups, and their neighbours to remove rubbish from streets, public spaces, and canals that might feed them into the Chaophraya River and onto the beaches in the Gulf of Thailand.

However, Clean Up the World in Bangkok is doing something different this year – the organizers will be incorporating citizen science into the activities. In order to work towards a long-term goal of eliminating waste, data on waste will be collected. The categorized and counted items in the waste found will be recorded to establish a baseline to which data from subsequent years can be compared with. Such hard data will be insightful and lead to future high impact solutions and measurable goals.

My students from the International Tourism Management Program Bangkok University International participated in the project together with Students from Mahidol University in organising the data collection points and volunteers. It wasn’t easy, as over 11 Hotels, Embassies, private companies and NGO’s participated. Groups were assigned and given a different category to collect, such as glass, plastic bottles, styrofoam, straws and extras. These were then dropped off at the collection points, counted by students and announced at the final event.

Data collection has continued throughout different locations on the river…..