Pollution in Chiang Mai is a very big problem. But the
air pollution isnít the only one which is all around us; we also have land
and water pollution.
start with the air. Right now Iím sitting in my living room and if I take
a peek just above my computer monitor I can look out my window and see Doi
Suthep. Well, actually I can only see the outline of this mountain because a
dense cloud of something is obstructing my vision. I canít really see the
trees or anything else on the mountain. If it were pink I wouldnít be able
to see a difference.
And why can I not see the mountain? Letís see, there
are a lot of cars in this city which produce exhaust emissions which would
be well above the legal level if there were actually a system which would
monitor the legal levels. I could name a few countries right off the top of
my head where you would be jailed if you could actually SEE the fumes coming
out of the cars. This would be one reason why I canít see any trees on the
Another would be the burning of old dry leaves. Everybody
does it, nobody cares about it. Why is that? Donít people think that their
children might want to live here in a few years if people havenít gassed
themselves to death yet? Every time I take a drive slightly outside of city
bounds I see people burning a huge pile of leaves. This should be banned
immediately and composts should be made for people to get rid of their old
leaves and organic wastes and actually help the environment.
Now the other problems are people just dumping their
garbage on the sidewalk or pumping it into a canal. But you know what, just
because it disappears for you doesnít mean it disappears for every body.
And the smell sometimes is absolutely unbearable.
I hope a person who has the power to make a difference
will use that power to actually make a difference. I think if the prime
minister would arrange some places for people to get rid of organic waste he
would set a good example for everybody and the public might follow.
By the way, I am attaching a photo (taken this week in
the middle of Chiangmai very near the municipality!) for you to see and I
just wish that the concerned people could also smell the Ďstew of deathí
and the canal dumps.
(still) Chiang Mai