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Phuket carnival means good clean fun

PHUKET: The annual Phuket Carnival in Patong, which is running until Thursday (December 20), brings a lot of people to the area every year, but also creates a substantial amount of trash and waste.

By Jody Houton

Tuesday 18 December 2012, 10:34AM

In response to this, the Patong Municipality, in association with Phuket-based environmental organisation SEEK, named the second day of the carnival as ‘Environmental Day.’

The programme consisted of a packed schedule of events, including turtle releases and reef cleans performed by divers.

SEEK Coordinator Kanokwan Homcha-aim, who was the MC of the event, said, “Over 350 children from three local Patong schools got involved in a beach cleaning event and then took the 250 kg of waste collected to make eco-art.”

Hundreds of local people and tourists turned up to enjoy the day, which included cultural dance shows, magicians and even a stunt plane which dipped, twirled and flew above Patong beach.

There were also educational booths manned by representatives from SEEK Phuket, Regional Environmental Office 15 (recycling), Marine & Coastal Resources Research Centre (rare marine life and sea grass), and the Marine & Coastal Recourses Conservation Centre 5.



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