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Earth Hour Thailand

Earth Hour Thailand was another huge success in 2010 despite the main event at Central World Shopping Complex in Bangkok being cancelled due to political protests.
Chang Mai, the country’s second biggest province in northern Thailand, participated in this year’s event with landmarks like the Jedi Luang Temple in the centre of town and the Three Kings monument turning their lights off. Konkaen Province of northeast Thailand held a public Earth Hour event at the main city gate. Phuket in southern Thailand, the much loved tourist destination, held a colourful event on Patong Beach.

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Earth Hour switch off at Chang Mai, Thailand, 2010
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The city of Bangkok is sinking by 5-10 mm each year. Land subsidence and groundwater extraction combined with sea level rise could leave Bangkok under 50-100 cm of water by 2025. (UNEP 2009)

Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time, and is set to radically transform the world in which we live.

The Mekong region’s heavily populated coastal areas are especially at risk from
saltwater intrusion, inundation from rising seas, and more extensive floods
arising from greater peak flows of the Mekong, Red, Chao Phraya and other rivers.

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Mitigation and Adaptation
Mitigation refers to efforts to reduce GHG emissions and to the enhancement of sinks (i.e., carbon sequestration). Afforestation, reforestation, and capturing and storing carbon from energy production and industrial processes are examples of carbon sequestration strategies. Energy conservation and switching to C-neutral renewable fuels are examples of reducing GHG emissions. Protecting, maintaining, and sustainably managing standing forests sequester carbon and reduce GHG emissions.

Although the Greater Mekong region is rapidly developing, there is still a window of opportunity to promote these mitigation options. However these should not be treated separately from adaptation strategies. In fact, forest
protection and management is both a mitigation strategy and an ecosystembased adaptation that can maintain the region’s resilience to climate change.

Climate change is a symptom of unsustainable development as much as a driver of change. If reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) becomes an accepted strategy by the UN Framework Convention
on Climate Change (UNFCCC), there should be excellent opportunities for the region to benefit from the synergy of adaptation with mitigation.

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The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, stands at over 800m and is championed as a symbol of international cooperation and progress - a perfect match for Earth Hour's ideals! The Burj Khalifa joins the CN Tower, Taipei 101 and Willis (Sears) Tower, with the Petronas Towers as the one omission so far from the top 5 so far.