The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) welcomed the latest initiative by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) to fight against plastic pollution. Starting from August 12, 2018, the DNP is encouraging visitors to reduce consumption of single-use plastics at Thailand’s 154 national parks.
Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said: “Thailand is blessed with a landscape abundant in natural beauty, and the importance of protecting this environment cannot be understated. As such, the TAT calls on all tourists local and international to say no to plastic bags and other single-use items. Opt instead for bags, utensils, and drink bottles that can be used again and again.”
Nature is one of the key areas in the TAT’s “Amazing Thailand: Open to the New Shades” communication concept, through which it is encouraging tourists to see the kingdom from new and existing perspectives.
The DNP’s initiative covers plastic and foam bags, food containers, capped water bottles, and utensils – essentially any item that is typically used one time and then thrown away.
The convenience of plastic bags and other such items is obvious, but these are harmful to the environment and much of what is discarded ends up in Thailand’s seas where it pollutes the water and kills marine life that either mistake it for food or becomes entangled in it. Some plastics also pose danger to human health as they partially disintegrate.
The DNP in its fight against single-use plastics, with the support of organizations like the TAT, represents a move in the right direction to protect Thailand’s natural and scenic beauty now and in the future.
A series of banners – in Thai in the initial stage – has been produced to help spread awareness of the new initiative at the country’s national parks. These encourage people to think of the harm the plastic they throw away will do to the environment and to instead act in an environment-friendly way.
The DNP estimates that its initiative will help reduce about three million items of plastic waste and that at least 10 million people including the visitors, officials, shop owners, youths and the general public, will join its effort this year.