Thai citizens flock to volunteer for annual ocean clean-up campaign

Photo from the 11th edition of the “Opening the Andaman Sky” campaign — Photo: Facebook/ IamTrang

Yesterday was the first day for Thai citizens to sign up for “Opening the Andaman Sky,” the 17th edition of the annual ocean and forest conservation campaign organized by southern Satun province each of the past 16 years.

Hundreds of hopeful volunteers gathered at the Provincial Administration Organization (PAO) yesterday morning, with some reportedly there at the crack of dawn to ensure their spot as one of the 700 people in the clean-up campaign, which will take place Nov. 2-5.

Crowd gathered to sign up -- Photo:Facebook/ PR Provincial Administration Organization Satun
Crowd gathered to sign up — Photo:Facebook/ PR Provincial Administration Organization Satun

Those selected will travel to several islands in the Andaman sea, including Koh Khai, Koh Adang, Koh Ra Wi, and the ever popular Koh Lipe to collect the voluminous trash left on the islands’ beaches, oceans and even under water, reported Workpoint.

And if you’re wondering why the 700 slots are so coveted, it could have something to do with the fact that just THB500 (about US$15) covers your food and transportation for the entire four days. Granted, you’ll be sleeping in a tent, but these are some of the loveliest tourist islands in Thailand.

PAO chief executive Samrit Liangprasit said the goal for this year’s campaign is to collect as many plastic bags from the ocean as possible whilst promoting Satun tourism at the same time.

He added that he hopes a lot of millenials will sign up in order to act as role models for other young citizens.

However, the PAO’s official Facebook page announced that they had to resort to a lottery system for selection since such a large number of people showed up and authorities wanted to give everyone a fair chance.

Selections along with dates and additional information will be announced soon, PAO stated.

Crowd gathered to sign up -- Photo:Facebook/ PR Provincial Administration Organization Satun
Crowd gathered to sign up — Photo:Facebook/ PR Provincial Administration Organization Satun

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