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 http://solution2pollution.blogspot.com/2008/09/help-us-to-prevent-beachpollution.html.

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