The Nation joins Chadchart’s ‘green Bangkok’ campaign and plants trees
Nation Group executives and reporters along with other media firms joined Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt in a tree-planting ceremony on Sunday morning.
The event at Rama IX Park in Bang Bon district is part of Chadchart’s campaign to have at least 1 million trees planted in the capital within four years.
Chadchart had issued a challenge to the media on June 26, while he was planting trees at the Puttharak Park in Bang Kae district. In the challenge, the governor called on the media to join forces and plant at least 1,000 trees.
However, many media outlets like Thai PBS, Channel 3, Daily News and Amarin Group, countered that they would plant 1,000 trees each.
The Standard Group, however, has committed itself to 5,000 trees and the Nation Group has pledged to plant at least 2,200.
On Sunday morning, a delighted Chadchart thanked everyone for joining his campaign and touched fists with several participants.
In an interview after the event, Chadchart said he wanted to thank the media for joining his battle against global warming and air pollution, adding that the capital should have enough trees to absorb fine particle dust in the future.
“I want to thank the media for joining hands to help change the capital for the better,” Chadchart said, adding that the media should help push this campaign further by conveying the message to city residents.
He said that since he took office on June 1, 40,000 trees have been planted, adding that at this pace some 2 million trees may be planted during his four years in office.
Meanwhile, Nation Group managing director Virasak Pong-aksorn said everybody at the group’s 10 media companies realises the importance of helping Thailand achieve its Net-Zero goal. He added that the Nation Group supports Chadchart’s 1-million trees policy and hopes to see it implemented successfully.
Virasak added that the Nation Group will also encourage its employees to plant trees at home and will launch campaigns encouraging the general public to do the same.
“I urge every resident to plant at least one tree in their area,” he said. “If all Thais plant one tree each, we will have more than 60 million trees. Imagine how much the country will change then.”