Friday, September 27, 2013

UN World Tourism Day 2013.. Make a Difference Globally Celebrate Locally in Chiang Mai!





  
For 2012 UNWTO's challenge to the global tourism industry was to applaud renewable energy  solutions.

A locally based Chiang Mai tour operator www.trekkingcollective.com  [TC] met the challenge to self design and locally produce hydrogen fuel cells fitted to their company vehicles reducing energy bills and vehicle emmissions by a minimum 20%

....So for UNWTO 2013's WORLD TOURISM DAY  the challenge to the global tourism industry is to work towards sustainable initiatives to preserve 'at risk' global fresh water  resources. 

Long term advocates of Trekking Collective's
indigenous and urban initiatives, Gail and Roger Johnson were in town accompanying the annual University of Washington student study tour group that participate in TC designed 'special interest' community based [CBT]field treks for over 7 years.

Each year Roger Johnson and TC exchange ideas that support Trekking Collective's core values of sustainability of low tech 'doable' community initiatives that 1. Work 2. Affordable and beneficial for all 3. reduce, reuse and recycle locally 4. low maintainence 5. everyone can do! 7. Promote towards a low carbon global society.



 
Ajarn Sawat Chantalay a member of HEUSP with Students from the 'Connecting Classrooms'
initiative @ Yupparaj High School with Roger Johnson demonstrating his ideas.

2013 Roger gave his time to present his latest ideas to Faculty of Engineering, CMU and at a  lively 'Connecting Classrooms' session held at Yupparaj High School a ground breaking government school "think outside of the box" initiative created by Ajarn Sawat Chantalay an award winning local conservationist, Chiang Mai native and a member of HEUSP.

Parents and locals buying their weekend veggies!
  

Each Friday a local community group Holistic Environment Urban School Program - HEUSP co -supported by Trekking Collective puts together an ISAC Farmer's Organic Market at Puttisopon, a local Primary School in the Old City of Chiang Mai.

A great community meeting place to promote awareness and share local and global health and environmental issues... these cool Women Farmer's grow and prepare their own endemic vegetables and make local healthy snacks to sell direct to school parents, students, teachers. The local community and foreign visitors are all welcome!


This was a great spot for Roger Johnson to show how to put together his 'pee-dra-ponics' plant feeder or 'dry toilet'..... Read On!



Ajarn Roger putting together parts whilst the Women Farmer's juggle selling veggies and learning
how to make the 'Pee-dra-ponics' plant feeder

Simple Tools


Using local sourced and recycled products



Using 'Guesstimate' technology!

Science and English Dept. teachers from Puttisopon School
check the power point presentation
and help out with Thai-English translations
  
A couple of Student's Dads...obviously DIY experts joined the workshop!




Taking Notes!

The simplest ideas are always the best! with Ajarn Roger's hygenic system of converting liquid waste into organic plant food.
365 days access to FREE liquid fertilizer
2/3 Reduction in solid waste storage
up to 7 x production in vegetable plots compared to not using and fertilizers
100% chemical fertilizer free soil
improve soil quality organically
urban school projects can produce organic healthy vegetables in raised dry beds - no 'real' garden space necessary
Urban and rural local governments can upscale systems for efficient community clean sanitation management. 
So making savings in the amount of water resources used within communities.


Final peedraponic prototypes!


Success! An upscaled version of the system is now in place on an ISAC organic permaculture  farm. Next term the Science Department of Puttisopon School will have a working demonstration model and garden up and running in November 2013 with workshops planned for indigenous communities by Trekking Collective along with other parallel sustainable long term community initiatives since 1988.







Khun Aree from the ISAC Women's Organic Farmer's Group
with Roger Johnson who has a 'bedroom peedraponics system'
up and running in her permaculture garden.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Great Healthy Start for Kids in 2013!



Students and Parents from Anubahn Panee Nursery part of HEUSP pilot project
celebrate Children's Day @ their school.

 Thailand celebrates Children's Day every year along with Mother's, Father's and there is also a Teacher's day so everyone's role in society is highlighted during designated days throughout the year.




Pre Schooler enjoying healthy snacks @ Anubahn Panee's special
'Gad' Market during Children's Day activities promoting
Healthy Families = Healthy Kids!


Held on January 12 for 2013 and always celebrated on the 2nd Saturday with all Schools nationwide organising activities for Children's Day a day earlier on the 11th. 



Students @ Puttisopon School were treated to a
Police K9 show...Our Doggie student has been in training for 3 years..1 more year to go!

 HEUSP Holistic Environment Urban School Program has four Schools signed up promoting healthy activities improving the wellbeing of the children and the community as a whole. All Schools are within 10 minutes walking distance from the famous Chiang Mai 3 King's monument in the heart of the old city with museums and exhibitions relating to the history and folklore of the Lanna people with important "must visit" Temples dating from the beginning of Lanna History.



As an aside there are great tasty rice and noodles lunch time restaurants across from the 3 King's which line the road by the historic "Wat Sadeua" - Belly Button Temple of Chiang Mai easily found as there is an elegant Buddha Image  beautifully housed in the middle of the road which you need to navigate around if exploring the city on foot or by bicycle as the road is now one way.


........Lets get back to the market @ Anubahn Panee Nursery!...Now for the yummy local desserts stall
 made from healthy fresh coconut milk!


 HEUSP headed  to Doi Saket to collect 100's of economic plants with medicinal or food values to give away at Anubahn Panee Nursery and at the main Children's Day event the following day at UDIF creative urban planning centre which has a lovely teak building with local ideas and artifacts housed inside and gardens along with an unique to the city earth house built in the compound promoting recycling and reusing old for new ideas!


Lovely Aunty 'Sai Tong' helping to load up the plants in our truck
She was very knowledgable about all the local plants she tends in the nursery
and kindly passed on lots of health tips!



Here's Kung Foo 'Po' helping out @ Doi Saket..sunbathing:)

On the 12th members of LCLN - Lanna Commuity Life Network joined a fun packed afternoon event now in its 4th year with hundreds of children and their families coming along with many familiar faces! - promoting sustainable and healthy ways to enjoy Children's Day with all the family - and All for free! with quiz games highlighting the environment, amazing local Chiang Mai food prepared by local university students majoring in social sciences and sustainable urban planning, other community groups with skills in the Lanna language or famed artisan skills from Chiang Mai. Many local children took part in traditional costumed dance as well as the latest global dance moves plus prizes for everyone donated by local businesses.


Young Students on stage @ UDIF Centre

Kirk Hollis from LCLN signing up young visitors to the Chiang Mai Pledge

LCLN are a local Chiang Mai community group of Thai and global citizens that have a common goal in promoting a healthy sustainable future for Chiang Mai more in balance with nature.

LCLN and Student Banners offering solutions for a healthy sustainable Chiang Mai
all these ideas can be applied to every town and city around the planet!

LCLN's contribution to the event was to encourage children and family members to understand LCLN's message then sign up to a pledge that suggests 30 ideas towards a low carbon healthy future for our city and the planet.  More than 5000 citizens have signed to date!



Regualar visitors to the event taking home an edible local herb for delicious
Thai raw food dishes!


The prize was a choice of hundreds of plants to take home and care for and in turn help reduce the CO2 in the air.




Tomoko of LCLN handing out one of the many economic plants available for everyone to take home!


One person is not strong but there is strength in many people standing together



No one is ever too old on Children's Day to go home with a prize!

...one plant or tree does not offer shade but many planted together can shield and protect us from the heat, the sun and create clean healthy air for Chiang Mai and the planet.




Caroline Marsh is co-founder of Chiang Mai based independent tour operator  Trekking Collective Co.,  .."Hands on Expertise, Ethical travel and Authentic Experiences contribute to making a difference to local communities and the environment." A social designer, passionate about new experiences, travel and environmental well being she writes for regional travel sites and coordinates local 'grassroots' community peoples actions for a better future society                                                                                                          

                 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Chiang Mai,Sarapi Car Free Day 2012



1500 super low carbon heroes on bikes waiting for the off!
Photo Credits: Kirk Hollis

The annual classic Car Free Day was this year held in Sarapi district which is the home to Chiang Mai's unique historical site of Wiang Khum Kum, the sunken capital city of Lanna that pre dates Chiang Mai's 716 years.


Young Student Bike Riders

The event with more than 1500 cyclists from every district as far as Mae Rim and Sankampaeng, all belonging to the Chiang Mai Cycling Network  registration was bright and early with clear blue skies across the mountains accompanying the riders.

Ladies from Chiang Mai Sunday Cycling Club

It was a great community event and a big Thank-you goes to everyone as the whole district participated from local residents, Staff at the local Sarapi Hospital, Women's cooperatives supplying huge amounts of food;  a local respected Monk Pra Ouan and temple groups involved with addressing social issues, celebrated local muscians singing traditional playful tunes in Lanna's own unique language of Kam Muang. Students from the local school band playing the morning national anthem at 8am with the supportive local head government officer  Nayok of Sarapi district over seeing the proceedings.


Nayok of Ampur Sarapi, LCLN, Kritsada Kampaengkaew of Chiang Mai Cycling Network,
Chiang Mai Sunday Cycling Club and supporters
LCLN Says No to BLACK EXHAUST SMOKE, No to BURNING, REDUCE to FOSSIL FUELS

Local community well being group LCLN and HEUSP were again invited to join the annual event signing up new cyclists to the LCLN Chiang Mai peoples pledge supported by the global community action 10.10global.org where we cut our carbon use every year by 10% with more than 6000 + Chiang Mai pledges signed to date. LCLN supporters were there with the crowds early morning chatting with locals promoting awareness on how we can all play our part towards a low carbon future, explaining the health risks to all the community and how together we can stop the big three of urban illegal black exhaust smoke from diesel trucks that go unchecked every day, burning of fields, forests and toxic trash and changing to renewable fuel and energy sources.

Young bike riders need extra care on the roads and don't forget your mask!
 


Chiang Mai Cycling Network







He's looking good!.....high visability cycling gear, forearm UV protectors, visor, wraparound shades, unique lanna coconut husk bike helmet with rear red light attached plus a face mask...and your ready to hit the streets!


Line up of all the community members including Nayok of Sarapi District, Kirk Hollis of LCLN,
Kritsada Kampaengkaew coordinator of the Car Free Sarapi Event 2012 and event staff.
LCLN Says to help Reduce the Black Diesel Smoke  you  must reduce the speed  limit around the City Moat, Schools, Markets, Hospitals and all public spaces.. Turn off your engines while waiting, red lights or on a school run.
 LCLN Says Yes to Clean Healthy Low Carbon Chiang Mai!
Care for Kids, Share the road!


Bejing, London, LA, Denver, Katmandu, HK all have heavy daily smog... so let's make Chiang Mai the first SEAsian healthy low carbon city..on your bike!


You can join Lanna Community Life Network - LCLN or HEUSP activities on a local, regional or global level - everyone with 'energy, ideas and community skills' are always welcome.

Businesses, organisations, schools, teachers and parents wishing to support LCLN  contact us to find out more on how your business can sign up to the LCLN pledge.

Contact LCLN by email or local mobile Khun Punika 0892634422 Thai/ English, Ms Hui 0846146702 Mandarin and Caroline 08321523621 for English/ Thai - all ages and nationalities welcome!

.." Good Actions Require Everyone's Cooperation.."  - Jing Si

These projects have zero official funding and rely solely on the positive energy generated within our Chiang Mai Community

Like LCLN on facebook!  
Caroline Marsh is co-founder of Chiang Mai based independent tour operator  Trekking Collective Co.,  .."Hands on Expertise, Ethical travel and Authentic Experiences contribute to making a difference to local communities and the environment." A social designer, passionate about new experiences, travel and environmental well being she writes for regional travel sites and coordinates local 'grassroots' community peoples actions for a better future society                                                                                                          

                                                                                                              

Friday, August 31, 2012

Planting for Another 87 Years!






Welcome to Puttisopon Primary School 87th Anniversary!
Fine traditional fruit and vegetable carving and decorative leaf folding presented as a ceremonial display to HM King of Thailand.
Intricate creative skills by 11 year old grade 6 students





September the 1st 2012 was Puttisopon Primary School's 87th Anniversary, held a day early to fit school term. Formally a Temple school it is now under the jurisdiction of the ministry of Education, Chiang Mai with the original Chedi dating back to the 15th Century still within the schools' boundry.



Original Chedi 15 Century






chairman of the schools' foundation Khun Metta Soratiwa receiving a Dragon Fruit plant that contains many vitamins for health, easy to grow and promotes oxygen in the city air.



 This year the chairman of the schools' foundation Khun Metta Soratiwa, Puttisopon Director Banyot Somlid, Acharn Monk Sombat Siriponno,  Kru Nongluck DaengThai Head of Social Studies whom invited HEUSP and other school representatives along with head of the PTA Khun Manit Hongkaew celebrated by giving 87 students each a 1000 Baht to help support their studies with many children having social issues as sadly many have lost parents  with mainly Grandparents without government support caring for these kids and families under the poverty line.





Thanks to busy Mum's like Khun Nid and graduate Social Studies' teacher whom all gave a helping hand @ HEUSP tent with over a 1100 students taking home a plant to care for and together help keep healthy and clean the air in the city!.



Holistic Environment Urban School Program - HEUSP was lending a helping hand during the celebrations with 1700 give aways of six local and regional economic and medicinal plants to every visitor, student, teacher, PTA and parents.





The 'rush' to sign the pledge was incredible - Thanks to Kru David for supplying
some of the reused  plastic bags!


Kru Rueng Na Pha Phu Roong Rueng Grade 6/4 Teacher choosing her "Pak Wan Baan"





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There was a slight catch for all these giveaways as everyone signed up first to the 10:10 LCLN peoples pledge first which is an easy step by step way to reduce how much carbon we all use starting at 10% with a goal to getting to 90% so children can have a safe, clean and healthy place to live.


School Director Bunyot Somlid pledges the school to cut carbon use by 10%  yearly




Kru Nong Luck DaengThai Head of Social Studies signs the LCLN peoples  pledges

This community event had a serious message with ideas designed around fun hands on activities!




 
Everyday at one of  the  old city's pollution 'hot spots' students with no protection and traffic police unprotected direct traffic and pedestrians
outside the school
  

We all must address urgent urban community health impacts from illegal black exhaust fumes from vehicles affecting our most youngest and at risk citizens



  
Creative Grade  3 Student!

 
 Creative use of flyers stating "STOP BURNING" has this bright grade 3 student  looking cool and spreading the message to all adults to stop all toxic waste, farm and forest burning it the main cause of chronic diseases in the young and aged

 
Ladies@ Huay Hong Krai - Doi Saket working hard!

A couple of days before the event we headed up to Doi Saket to collect all the plants. The team of Ladies did a great job collecting and stacking all 1700 + plants along with offering great local advice on plant properties including the " En Yurt" medicinal plant which was chosen.
Applied raw to the affected area it relieves muscular pain. Thank-you to Tomoko Kashiwazaki a long term Japanese resident and supporter for helping out.



Local Red Truck with 1700+ plants squeezed in the back!
 Car Share or is it a Plant Share!



Connecting Communities glimpes from behind the scenes on how cooperating together we can achieve our vision for a healthy livable safe Chiang Mai for all!


  
Helping together under team leader Khun Banyot Somlid and in the background Tomoko HEUSP



HEUSP Holistic Environment Urban School Program is a bottom to Top local community based  initiative encompassing 4 schools within Chiang Mai Old City including Yuparraj High School YPR., Puttisopon Primary School, Panee Nursery School and Mettasuksa  Boys School. Contact: Thai / English +66 0831 523621
 


Respect, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Replant -The HEUSP Mantra!




Caroline Marsh is co-founder of Chiang Mai based independent ethical tour operator  Trekking Collective Co.,  .."Expertise, Ethical travel and Authentic Experiences contribute to making a difference to local communities and the environment." passionate about new experiences, travel and environmental well being she writes for travel sites and helps coordinate local 'grassroots' community peoples actions for a better future society
 







 

Monday, July 30, 2012

LCLN in Action around Chiang Mai in 2012!


LCLN supporters during the King's 84th Birthday celebrations and National Environment Awareness Day.




Lanna Community Life Network (LCLN) in action this year, we are now half way through 2012 and LCLN have been pro active in supporting global, regional and local initiatives in Chiang Mai during 2012 promoting awareness in the community.."what can we all do to help reduce the future effects of climate change?"

Let's start the year with His Majesty the King's 84th Birthday celebrations on the 5th of December 2011 with the joint purpose of highlighting annual Thai National  Environment  Day on the 4rd December.

LCLN joined hands with prominent Chiang Mai citizens and well known environmentalists including Acharn Kanowan Ukoskit of Northern Organic Certification Association (NOSA) Acharn Sawat Chantalay of Yupparaj High school coordinator of the Global citizen connect classroom initiative, an award winning conservationist.


"Loving Kindness Bolsters the World" - Pra Sutas, Kirk and Caroline of LCLN

Joined by other LCLN supporters on the day including Pra Sutas of Wat Prathat Doi Saket


LCLN say's NO to BURNING our forests and fields, causing extreme cycles of floods,drought and water shortages!


During the National Environment Awareness Event 2-5 Dec sponsored by the Environment Office Region 1 headed by Khun Apiwat Kunarak held in the green shaded setting of JJ Hobby Market 



Grade 5 students from Puttisopon Primary School sign the LCLN pledge


LCLN invited participants to sign up to the 10:10 Chiang Mai peoples pledge an initiative designed to encourage voluntary community participation to lead Chiang Mai towards a healthy low carbon city starting with the date 10:10:10 combining global initiatives of 101010.org and 350.org with more than 5,000 people in Chiang Mai signing the LCLN pledge to date. Watch this Open Chiang Mai VDO!


                      Alex Putnam of Open Chiang Mai chats with LCLN


5 year old students and teachers @ Anubahn Panee Nursery

LCLN says a big Thank-you to Yupparaj High School students and connect classrooms coordinator Acharn Sawat Chantalay, Puttisopon Primary School students under Social studies teacher Kru Nongluck and Panee Nursery head teacher Kru Maem whom are ' very aware' participants in the Holistic Environment Urban School Program (HEUSP) a project to impove wellbeing for schools within the old city produced some fabulous hand painted banners to put on display during the event.



8 year old Puttisopon Primary School Students asking for a healthier future for kids!

Saturday 14th January, 2012, we had heavy showers during the 3rd Low Carbon Children's Day event, but the rains didn't dampen the fun and the early morning soak brought relief to trees and plants and the community's 
health after an unusually arid dry spell for cool season.  


Two brothers pledged to care for their new Jackfruit tree, the leaves will trap unclean air from dirty car exhast smoke and dust produce clean oxygen and delicious fruit when mature....a win win situation for all!


Holistic Environment Urban School Program [HEUSP] and LCLN [Lanna Community Life Network] joined Acharn Duongchan Charoenmuang and the UDIF team held at the centre for urban sustainable development, a landmark in the old city, located in the lovely listed teak building and the old city's first earth built house planted with local varieties of trees and plants from northern Thailand.

Quick change after the rains...Tomoko and Caroline helping out at the event

HEUSP and LCLN members representing The UK, Thailand, Japan, China and the US were handing out giveaways of local economic plants and trees to children and their parents, both signing a 'plant pledge' to care for their plant and be part of the solution to reduce the CO2 in the air!...more trees and plants means more oxygen in the air we all breathe.

3rd time lucky...this lovely family have visited our booth and faithfully plant trees every year...keeping their pledge to a Healthy Low Carbon Chiang Mai



 The plants chosen for their usefulness, easy to grow and size if you consider growing plants in an urban setting, with many people not having gardens, so they can be grown in an old bucket or pot. There were 7 varities such as the edible JackFruit and a sustainable timber source, Black Soap plant which has an attractive red flower, but not to be eaten and the nuts can produce an oil. also 'bai plue' which is an edible easy to grow plant eaten with a number of local healthy 'raw food 'Lanna dishes.





Caroline a member of  HEUSP and LCLN presenting a 'Fartalaijoan' plant in  reused bags to the director of YMCA
during the event.....we are all someone's child and grown up children can celebrate too!

 
'Fartalaijoan' was a very popular givaway and is one of the most important Thai medicinal herbs for many illnesses which the leaves can be eaten fresh or as a herbal tea, dried and in capsule form, but this plant is not for the faint hearted or sweet toothed as it is also famous for being the most bitter of the medicinal plants. From preventing or bring down high fevers and from personal experience getting over hepatitus A its an amazing cure all!




Respected Doctors in Women and Children's Health demonstrate against the chronic air pollution


March 2012, During the hight of the regional burning respected Doctors and teachers, concerned citizens, schools and students, local NGO's, LCLN and fellow community groups joined hands and face masks!



LCLN says YES to a healthy Chiang Mai and No to BURNING  and BLACK EXHAUST SMOKE!


To demonstrate against the high risk and health effects of chronic burning and black diesel car exhaust on the community and particularily our children.Its official WHO announced in June 2012 that diesel particles cause lung cancer. This is not only locally, its a regional and a global problem. Seasonal air quality in Chiang Mai is the same as London, Forests burning in South East Asia, USA and Siberia affects us here in Chiang Mai. Burning mature trees is one of the main causes of severe flooding that we witnessed in Bangkok followed by drought in many provinces all playing their part in the extreme weather we now experience around our shared planet.


NGO's and community groups question the part large corporations play in the health of the planet?
Growing corn ( not a local crop) for animal feed, biofuels and new investment in large real estate projects
Students of Yupparaj High School Conservation and Environment Club join the event

..."We are all part of the problem we must all take conscious steps to be part of the solution!"......

Women Organic farmers from ISAC at the Friday Market @ Puttisopon
School receive an unique recycled 10:10 logo for their
contribution towards a low carbon future!

May 2012. To thank supporters of the 10:10 global initiative in Chiang Mai the London 10:10: head office made gifts of their unique 10: 10: logo made from the recycled metal body of a passenger plane!


LCLN member Hui from China, Sawat Chantalay and Claire Newbold from the UK


 July 4th, 2012!LCLN supported activities with Yupparaj High School during visits by participating schools in the global citizen connect classroom initiative organised by school coordinator Acharn Sawat Chantalay with arranged visits to UDIF Urban Creative Solutions Centre and their well known award winning environmentalist director Acharn Duongchan Charoennmuang.

International relations school coordinators, Ms Claire Newbold from Garendon High School, Leicster,UK., and Mr. Asep Saepudin, SMP Negeri 1 High School, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia invited students and teachers to sign the LCLN peoples pledge on behalf of their Schools for a low carbon future for all.



SMP High School,West Java, Sawat Chantaly, Josh Melby for UDIF and Caroline, LCLN

You can join Lanna Community Life Network - LCLN or HEUSP activities on a local, regional or global level - everyone with 'energy, ideas and community skills' are always welcome.

Businesses, organisations, schools, teachers and parents wishing to support LCLN  contact us to find out more on how you can sign up to the LCLN pledge.

Contact LCLN by email or local mobile Khun Punika 0892634422 Thai/ English, Ms Hui 0846146702 Mandarin and Caroline 08321523621 for English/ Thai - all ages and nationalities welcome!

These projects have zero official funding and rely solely on the positive energy generated within our Chiang Mai Community

Like LCLN on facebook!  
http://www.lannacommunitylife.org/                    

.." Good Actions Require Everyone's Cooperation..."  Jing Si
Caroline Marsh is co-founder of Chiang Mai based independent ethical tour operator  Trekking Collective Co.,  .."Expertise, Ethical travel and Authentic Experiences contribute to making a difference to local communities and the environment." passionate about new experiences, travel and environmental well being she writes for travel sites and coordinates local 'grassroots' community peoples actions for a better future society for all.