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Big Trees to plant 15,000 trees in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Chuchart Keelapaeng was joined by President of the Chiang Mai Culture Council Dr. Chao Duangduan na Chiangmai, Deputy Mayor, organizers and other guests.

By Shana Kongmun
The Big Trees Project has set their goal to plant 5,000 trees a year to reach 15,000 trees in 2015, a goal supported by the Province and the Municipality. Big Trees spokesman Rick Wong said that he grew up in Chiang Mai and noted that when he moved back after attending school elsewhere that the city was much hotter than it had ever been before. He added that the reduction in trees around the city and province was noticeable.

Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Chuchart Keelapaeng spoke on the continued burning of the forests that he noted, has led to not only smoke and smog but flooding and landslides as vital watersheds are destroyed. The Deputy Governor said that renewing these watersheds is key to Chiang Mai’s longevity and the health of both the city and its people.

Many organizations have joined in the effort including the Embassy of the Netherlands which has pushed hard to make Chiang Mai a “green city” and distributed 400 of their “Monumental Trees of Chiang Mai” books at the event.

Students from different schools performed for the crowd, including musicians, dancers and performance art. The event saw booths from various sponsors including Chiang Mai Troupe, iEvent and many others

Anyone wishing to take part in the planting can learn more at on their Facebook Page, Big Tree in Town, or email [email protected]

TEDx simulcast on Radical Openness

TEDx Thapae Gate held a simulcast of a TEDGlobal event and dinner at the elegant 137 Pillars House at the end of June. The TEDGlobal 2012 was held in Edinburgh, Scotland, June 25-29, 2012 and focused on the concept of “Radical Openness”. As the world becomes ever more interconnected, the ways we relate, the means by which we learn about one another and develop mutual understanding, and the rules about what we hide and what we share are changing. That’s the inspiration for the theme of TEDGlobal 2012: Radical Openness. Here, organizer Martin Venzky-Stalling is seen with guests at 137 Pillars House. Future TEDx events are planned for Chiang Mai. (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)

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Big Trees to plant 15,000 trees in Chiang Mai

TEDx simulcast on Radical Openness