In Thailand, the automobile holds dominion over the roads, its dominance the result of two key drivers: the car as face-gaining status symbol and a transport system that favors roads. And culturally, in general, Thais, like Americans, love their cars.   When Thailand joined the fast track to economic development in the 1960s and 1970s,…

May 2016

Is Bangkok Stuck with Snarling Traffic?

In 2013 the BBC gave Bangkok the first slot in its “Monster Traffic Jams” story. This was not breaking news to any locals, expats or tourists. Traffic congestion has been a chronic complaint for decades.   Every time the high tides of traffic seem to be abating a little, a new wave of motorists hits…

May 2016

Replacing Plastic Bags with Plant-based Packaging

Across the country, food stalls and restaurants serve up local fare in plastic bags and Styrofoam boxes that fill up garbage dumps and take decades to biodegrade.   This push toward disposable products occurred over the last few decades as the country Westernized. Before that, Thai foodstuffs came wrapped in banana and pandanus leaves, or…

May 2016

Partnership with Local Communities Key to Saving Wildlife

As threats to Thailand’s endangered species and biodiversity continue to grow, one of the key long-term solutions is to encourage the community to play a greater role in wildlife protection. From promoting community awareness about the value of wild animals in the ecosystem to assisting former poachers develop alternative sources of income, there are plenty…

May 2016

Sustainability Begins at Home

The home is a perfect platform for applying the adage “Think globally, act locally.” Luckily, the incentives to “go green” at home are numerous. Whether living in an apartment, condominium or house, either in an urban jungle or in a remote village, “greening” your household can result in cost savings, increased comfort and health benefits.…

May 2016

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Are Extended Families Becoming Over-extended?

Since the dawn of the 1960s when Thailand implemented the first National Economic Development Plan, a growing demand for labor in the industrial sector has encouraged villagers, especially in the vast and impoverished northeast region, to migrate in search of more lucrative opportunities.

Insect Farms: A Study in Sustainability

For travelers visiting Thailand, insect vendors on the streets of Bangkok and Chiang Mai make for fantastic photo ops and drunken dares.

But now, insects, long an alternative source of protein in rural parts of Asia, have finally shed some of their stigma as a repugnant snack among Western consumers.

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Governments Go Green

When it comes to purchasing power, governments wield considerable clout.   The procurement orders placed by government departments, authorities and state-owned enterprises make up somewhere between 15 percent and 30 percent of the national GDP in bigger countries and around half of the total GDP in some developing nations.   The large-volume orders by governments…

Cyclists Crowdsource the Capital

The Green World Foundation (GWF) is nonprofit that collaborates with youth, educators and community leaders throughout Thailand to foster the proactive care of local environments.   One of the key parts of this effort is bicycle commuting, which has gained a large number of converts in recent years.   GWF began studying transportation projects in…

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“Earth has enough for every man’s need, but not for every man’s greed.”

Mahatma Ghandi

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