Establishing the Pollution Monitoring Volunteer Network in Thailand
By Penchom Saetang, Director, Ecological Alert and Recovery – Thailand (EARTH)
Over 40 years of economic and industrial development led by the World Bank since 1960 and influenced by the economic super power from U.S.A., Europe, and Japan, Thailand has faced with worsen situation of environmental deterioration, human right violation, health damages, chemical accidents, and local economic destruction caused by industrial pollution and hazardous substances contaminated in environment and ecological system.
Since 1994, communities started their fighting with the government’s industrial investment projects in the eastern, northern, northeaster regions. This situation has prompted growing conflicts and clashes between communities and the government, meanwhile the polluters have been enjoying their privileges of investment and making profits in the country.