Patcharin Jongjai 2019/10/27 , ( 334 views)
On 27 October 2019, Asst. Prof. Dr. Chidhathai Petchuay, Chairperson of Environmental Science B.Sc. Program, the Faculty of Science at UBU, led 30 staff and Science students to participate in World Clean-Up Day 2019 organized under the Promotion of Countermeasures against Marine Plastic Litter in Southeast Asia and India. The event was held at Had Khu Dua(Khu Dua beach) which is located along the riverside of the Moon River in Warin Chamrap District. The activity aimed to strengthen awareness on plastic pollution and how to reduce it from going into important water sources.
The event was officially presided by Mr. Sarit Witoon, the provincial governor of Ubon Ratchathani. A total of 300 volunteers from UBU, Ubon Ratchathani Rajabhat University, government sectors, private sectors and community members in Had Khu Dua attended the event.
World Clean-Up Day 2019 was co-organized by Kitakyushu City Municipality, Japan, Chaeramae City Municipality in Ubon Ratchathani, government sectors and private sectors. At the event, the participants cleaned up areas by collecting waste within a 1 kilometer distance in Had Khu Dua. After collecting the waste, participants helped grouped it into categories based on their compositions. One of the main items collected was plastic waste. Had Khu Dua is well-known as a popular tourist attractionin Ubon Ratchathaniand a large community of people reside in this area. They have an abundance of riverside and floating restaurants. Many activities in this area, however, may have led to the profusion of plastic waste leaking into the Moon River, the Mekong River and the ocean. Therefore, this event was set out to temporarily help clean the environment. Despite this notable voluntary effort, it is essential that the community members including restaurant owners as well as tourists remain aware of the negative impacts plastic waste has on the environment. Additionally, efforts should be made in proactively reducing plastic usage for long term environmental preservation.
Nonetheless, UBU was delighted to join this event and share its voluntary spirits. UBU is diligently committed to promote the quality of life of people in various communities, especially local communities.
Translated/Revised by: Jarinda Boonjan
Original (Thai) version by: Plern Wichaiwong
English revised by: Thaviny Shaipitisiri
Photos by: Plern Wichaiwong