Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thank You from The Pollution Solution Group


It had been quite sometime since, The pollution Solution Group, replaced the old posters also removing the staples, on Pattaya Beach.  All of the beach-chair vendors were very happy to see us, they all wanted the new posters in their place of business.

We want to thank Khun Umnat Chobthum, Chief of the Natural Resource and Environment Promotion Subdivision Pattaya City Hall. Khun Apichart Puepan Deputy Chief Administrator, Pattaya City
Deputy Mayor Weerawat Kahkai, Pattaya City.

Without their help many things we do would not be possible, they and others at Pattaya City Hall have been assisting us for many years along with Pattaya Mayor Ittiphol Kunplome and to many others to mention.

It has been a priceless honor, to serve them and the King.
We wish them all the best for the New Year.

Thank you
Gerry T. Rasmus aka KOTO

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Donations Are Always Appreciated


Donations of any kind is appreciated. If you have the time and need to exercise our waster-sizing program is appreciated the most.

We would ask you to please go to a nearby beach, park, lake, river creek or just around your neighborhood and bend at the waist to pick up the waste, disposing of it properly, one will not only be making a difference in the safety of our children, wildlife and waterways, one will be getting their exercise, setting good examples for others a win, win.

If you don't have the time but also want to donate, feel free to send The Pollution Solution Group some money. With the money we will direct it to what you feel needs the most attention, we are doing several things.
We clean beaches, lakes, rivers, streams and creeks, removing man made dangers that can and do kill children and wildlife also contaminate our life's blood (Our Waterways) We also put signs on storm drains informing people not to throw anything into them in 3 languages, Thai, English and Russian with a picture that explains to all be it children or adults also handing out posters asking people not to litter or flick their "Toxic" cigarette butts that choke, make ill and also kill, children and wildlife along with contaminating all waterways.

We also feed and water homeless or lost dogs, putting mange medicine on the needed ones, finding ways to neuter or spay them, letting them live a free life and trying to find many of them a good home.
If you make a donation of any size or send us a picture of you removing litter or feeding a homeless dog, we will send you a frame-able certificate of appreciation.

We also want to wish you all. inner-wealth, health, happiness and inner-peace.

We use two banks.
Bank Of Hawaii
Gerry T. Rasmus, For deposit only
Acc#000-285424, RT#121301028
Lahaina Branch, P.O. Box 877
Lahaina, Hawaii, 96767, USA


The Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited Head Office.
G.P.O. Box 15 Bangkok Thailand
By Telex 20142 SIAMIBD TH. 20455 SIAMFX TH. 20492 SIAMBNK TH.
Drawn on The Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited For Chomthian Branch
Gerry Thomas Rasmus, For deposit only
Acc# 626-220772-9


Monday, November 14, 2011

Solution To Pollution Thailand sharing a good story

Aloha Editor

The Pollution Solution Group is again very happy to share a good story due to the fact that, there is so many sad stories of late.
We are responsible for what happens to Mother Earth...
So it is our duty to protect her.


Escaping the flooding in Korat, these 2 young ladies, Som 8 and Pop 6 with their family's, came to Jomtien and were on Jomtien Beach the 9th of November.

While playing on the beach they saw The Pollution Solution Group, removing Toxic Cigarette Butts, Bottle Caps, Plastic, Pointed Bar-B-Q Sticks, Camera Batteries along with other Litter also feeding and watering the friendly, homeless dogs and decided to help.

For the next hour, these caring and understanding young ladies assisted us.
We told them how much we appreciated their help and to be sure to wash their hands after, we gave them some literature to bring back to their school, when it is safe to return.

We are always very impressed when children want to help. Most adults, Thai's and Farang's just look on. One would think that when children reach out to make a difference, Adults would also want to set examples, showing their concerns for Mother Earth and wanting to leave her a safer place for the Young, Wildlife and Waterways. Elders need to "wake up" and play a major part in showing concern along with getting some "needed" exercise.

We are offering Thai's and Farang's a chance to join the Nifty Over 50 Club (Waster-Sizing) and allowing younger people to also join. All one needs to do is come to the Beach, Park, Lake, River, Creek, Neighborhood or wherever litter is, Bend at the Waist to Pick Up the Waste, getting rid of Both, it is called Tam Boon and Exercise at the same time, a Win, Win making a difference, setting examples and enhancing ones Inner-Wealth. We don't need no stinkin gym.

Show The Pollution Solution Group pictures of your concerns and good deeds by email or in person and we will give you a Frame-able Certificate of Appreciation.
Everyday should be Earth-day as Mother Earth gives us daily life.

"The Life Of The People Is In The Land"
"We should All take care of her"

Thank You
Gerry Rasmus aka KOTO
Keeper Of The Ocean

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Storm drains

September 23, 2011
Pattaya Mail


We here at the Pollution Solution Group wonder why the storm drains are “always” left full of garbage and when storms, expected or not, come, and they always will, many of the storm drains will plug up from the garbage that is tossed or swept into them.

Other litter finds their way thrown onto our roads, streets and walkways, from the rain or wind and for some reason (duh) they start to back up and flood, before they can reach the ocean. This floods our streets, homes and businesses causing unnecessary traffic problems, in some cases injury, sending polluted water everywhere causing infections, colds, much misery and much expense for ground level families and businesses.

We have been asking city hall for “years” to please get a handle on the storm drains, starting with stenciling, imposing fines and having them pumped out in heavy foot traffic areas “monthly” where many people throw, dump or sweep their litter into them. There are way too many that do.

We are not saying that this would stop the flooding, we are saying there would be much less of it. Water would not be as contaminated, not as many homes and businesses would be affected, roads more passable, infection and other types of sickness less likely.

Storm drains are for “Rain Water ONLY”. Way too many people either don’t care, don’t know better or are just too lazy to dispose of their litter properly. Fines and signs should be the first steps and of course talking to schools, and placing more garbage cans.

We are allowing our lives to be very effected by not taking care of our storm drains.

“Water” is our life’s blood, storm drains are the arteries that carry it to our ocean, lakes, rivers, streams and creeks. We are allowing them to be contaminated daily, and we wonder why Mother Earth is acting up.

Thank You


Gerry Rasmus aka KOTO

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Pattaya People Newspaper...Gerry Rasmus writes Blowing Against The Wind

Pattaya People Newspaper

Pattaya People 8-20-11

Monday, July 4, 2011

Gerry “Koto” Rasmus in Thailand—Keeper of the Oceans—on RodMcNeil.TV

June 4, 2011

Gerry Rasmus is referred to respectively as Koto, a well-earned moniker standing for “Keeper of the Oceans.” His longtime volunteer efforts in keeping Jomtien Beach clean near Pattaya, Thailand were inspired by the near death of a young girl. Also in this episode, learn about “Wastercise” and other life, nature, and animal-saving measures undertaken by this noble fellow in this episode of Rod’s program.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

From Bangkok to Jomtien Beach

Friday, 01 July 2011  From Issue Vol. XIX No. 26

The Pollution Solution Group had the honor of meeting 2 lovely smart young ladies on holiday from Bangkok with their family at Jomtien Beach, Sunday morning June 26.

Ms. Chalita Sangbhao, 10 years old, grade 4, was playing on the beach and saw the Pollution Solution Group removing dangers from the beach and water. She stopped playing and started to also remove things like plastic, styrofoam, bottle-caps, cigarette-butts, camera-batteries and other man made dangers that can kill, make ill or hurt children, sea life and contaminate our ocean. Then Ms. Fah, 6 years old, appeared and started to remove litter.

We gave both of them some literature and thanked them and their mother for their priceless help and how well she educated her children to pick up after themselves and others, making Mother Earth a safer, cleaner place for all to live. We wish more parents would teach their children the same.
The Pollution Solution Group
KOTO Keeper Of The Ocean

This article was published in the Pattaya Mail newspaper on Friday July 1, 2011 (Vol. XIX No. 26).

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Removing Dangers, Preventing Accidents


While The Pollution Solution Group was removing dangers from the Jomtien Beach we spotted a large log that had drifted to shore, realizing when the tide comes in, this very heavy log would go back out into the ocean becoming a dangerous drifting problem to jet-ski and banana-boat riders also all boats, if hit it could injure or kill someone.

We also realized it was way to heavy for us to remove, so by asking a few young men to assist us we were able to bring it to Beach Road by rolling it a little at a time, to be removed by the clean up crew.

The Thai people are always willing to reach out and give a hand and they make our job much easier.

Thank you Thai people after all "We are all in this neighborhood together"

The Pollution Solution Group
KOTO Keeper Of The Ocean
One day, one beach at a time, "With a little help from my friends"

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Pollution Solution Group...People reaching out

Pattaya Mail...Mail Bag
March 18. 2011


The Pollution Solution Group just wanted to share with your great newspaper a few pictures of concerned people that see us cleaning the beach and want to reach out and be a part of the solution, not the pollution.

The first 2 pictures are 2 lovely students from out of town, who took time from their holiday and picked up litter left behind by others. We thanked them and gave them literature to bring back to their school.

The father and son helped in the removal of the many toxic cigarette butts, bottle caps and pointed BBQ sticks.

After we explained to the father what we were doing and gave him some literature, he then explained to his son about 3 small dangerous things left behind by unknowing or uncaring beach-goers, 2 of them being toxic cigarette butts and bottle caps that can be ingested by a baby. He also taught his son how dangerous it is to step on a BBQ stick, and shared with him that babies up to 2 years old put whatever will fit into their little mouths. He said he wishes that people would be more aware.

The Pollution Solution Group always has literature that we freely pass out or give on request. Please leave only smiles, examples and footprints behind.

The Pollution Solution Group

KOTO Keeper Of The Ocean

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pattaya Times...Pollution Solution Needs you Help

Pollution Solution Needs your Help
Siripun Sinbuathong 22.02.2011 03:53

The beaches are one of the attractions that draw millions of visitors every year to Pattaya. However, these same beaches are treated like a rubbish dump by many and the water quality is poor to say the least. The Pattaya Times wants to change this and through education and a lot of work we are aiming to make Pattaya recognised one of the cleanest beach resorts in the world within two years.

There are many causes that contribute to poor state of our beaches. One of the most common forms of litter on the beach and in the water are cigarette butts. Every butt that people flick on to the road ends up in the storm water drains and then into the ocean with many being washed back on to our beaches and others being swallowed by wildlife. Another problem is people treating the storm water drains as a sewer, pouring used oil, paint products, all sorts of rubbish and dirty dish water straight into the drains which then flows into the sea.  During the past 8 years Gerry Rasmus,better known as "Koto" a Pattaya resident has been tirelessly working to keep Jomtien Beach clean. Seven days a week he can be found at Jomtien Beach at about 7am through to midday picking up litter. He does a great job,removing tonnes of rubbish every year from the beach. But he needs help, a lot of help as the task is massive.

One way people can help is to meet with him and give him a hand.He would be happy to receive help every day,every week or even if people can help out just once it all makes a difference. He currently has like minded people helping him out,both Thais and foreigners,but mainly Thais. He can always use more helpers. He also is looking for like minded people to take over other sections of beaches firstly and then other non beach areas to stop the rubbish from getting into the sea in the first place.

If picking up rubbish is not your thing but you still want to make a difference you can donate money to the Pollution Solution group.This money will be used for posters, laminating film, double sided tape, trash bags and other expenses. The easiest way to help out is to make sure all your rubbish is probably disposed of and if you are a smoker please use an ashtray. If everybody did this there would be no problem. Koto told the Pattaya Times, "It would be great if everybody took a little responsibility for their immediate areas outside their homes and businesses,and while out and about if they see rubbish just take a couple of seconds to pick it up. Apart from removing an eyesore much marine wildlife would be saved. Every item of rubbish removed potentially saves a life. Every item of rubbish incorrectly disposed of is a potential killer."

If you can help in any way please call Koto on 089-8977816 or visit the
Pollution Solution blog

Koto, pictured, and Pattaya's environment need your help to clean up all the rubbish that ends up in the sea and on the beaches. Please dispose of all rubbish, including cigarette butts, into bins where they belong. If you can help out to clean the beach give Koto a call 089 897 7816.

Soi 3 Jomtien Beach...The Tough Get Going

Soi 3 Jomtien Beach

When the going gets tough the tough get going.

Not an easy job, much hammering on the cement upright to brake it down, a beach chair vendor told me it's 2 to 3 meters deep, so I just beat the @# out of it, brought it way below the beach level, broke off the wires, covered it, did a small dance to pack down the sand and moved on to the also protruding fence post, beat it so bad I could pull it out, of course I dug some deep holes with both before I did my thing, maybe an hour of blood, sweat and no tears, some vendors that sell their wares stopped by, shook my hand and went their way.

Many people have hurt themselves quite badly on these two very dangerous post that were protruding a foot above the sand and when the tide is high, people don't see them, and they have been there for many years, a friend reminded me of them and the dangers.

The Pollution Solution Group


Monday, February 14, 2011

I Often Ask Myself

If it's not sand, crab, bird or a dog, (remove it)

I often ask myself.
Why do "some" of the people that make money from our beaches and ocean, do not care about tomorrow and leave a mess, to wash back into our ocean, to pollute, kill sea life and much of it to wash back up to our beaches at a different location, the next day.

I often ask myself.
How can "some" humans, Thai and Farang come to the beach, play or lay in litter, some with their children and also leave their litter behind when they leave.

I often ask myself.
Are most people so busy in their own little world, that they don't see or hear the cry of Mother Earth or the Voiceless, Children, Wildlife And Waterways.

I often ask myself.
Why aren't the people that litter fined? Why doesn't Pattaya City Hall do something to promote safety for our children, clean beaches for people to visit by having the toxic cigarette butts, bottle caps, camera batteries that can be and have been ingested by babies, fish, seabirds, plastic which is ingested by turtles and other sea-life and may become quite ill or die! Bar-B-Que sticks that are stepped on all of the time, injuring the beach-goers, removed by the beach clean-up crews that are seldom ever seen on the beach and when they are, rake sand over the dangers rather then removing them, taking only the harmless leaves and large trash, leaving it looking clean and safe, but more dangerous then before, for a unknowing baby to find dangers just below the sand that they find and put into their little mouths, or stepping on a pointed dangerous Bar-B-Que Sticks which are everywhere, sweeping things under the carpet is one thing, covering it with sand to be stepped on or found by a baby is another, "many" beach chair vendors, jet ski and boat people along with "most" of the beach clean up crew need to be reeducated on how to take care of our beaches and ocean.
Education, Education, Education.

I often ask myself
Am I the only one that cares!

Don't misunderstand me, "many" of the beach-chair-vendors, clean-up-crews, jet-ski and boat operators work very hard for many hours a day, but The Pollution Solution Group has been cleaning beaches longer them most have been alive and we know how to make a beach safe, clean and ways to bring more beach-goers to enjoy Thailand's beaches.

We are willing to talk to "all" that work on the beach on how and what to do to improve the safety and ways to increase the amount of beach-goers, all that needs to happen is that Pattaya City Hall has them "ALL" come to city hall and I will demonstrate simple daily methods on how to keep our beaches and ocean much, much cleaner then they presently are.

Waster-Sizing is the best way, one needs to bend at the waste to pick up the waste, sweeping sand over the waste is a waste of time.

The Pollution Solution Group