Andrea T Edwards

How do we clean up the Klongs (canals) in Phuket?

All over the world the waste crisis is escalating and it’s out of control. It’s truly horrific to see how we are allowing this to happen and not doing everything in our power to stop it – which includes never buying any product or supporting any business that is part of the bigger problem.

Is it finally time we can agree to boycott the world’s top 10 corporate plastic users for a year? That would certainly make an impact. Surely, we can cope with not buying these products for a year, no? A sacrifice worth making.

Check out what these top polluters are doing, especially after the NGO backtracked on its claim the bigger polluters are in Asia, which failed to take into account wealthy countries shipping waste to these countries. Colonial waste indeed!

The rubbish infrastructure in wealthy countries hasn’t been able to cope with the waste crisis for decades, which wasn’t a problem until recently, when China decided to close its doors to the world’s waste in 2018. Other countries still accept this waste, and with the pandemic and economic fall-out, not closing doors to income opportunities is a challenge for many governments, especially in developing countries.

Whichever country we live in, our plastic waste is not managed effectively, because the scale of it is just too big for any government or council to deal with. Do you want to pay higher council taxes? That’s what is needed if we want to manage it properly. Waste management needs to become an effective industry (not the corrupt industry in place today), where the citizens of a country can make money by managing it effectively. We also must ban single use plastics everywhere.

As we have all seen, this waste is turning up in the sea, on our beaches, in our canals and waterways, rivers, aquifers and on land. Communities like in the video below, must live with it and on it.

One of the challenges we seem to be looking away from, is global and country research that details how the waste enters the water, where, and we need to find the holes to be plugged in (leaky landfills, etc…) so we can stop it entering the water. We need to clean up the mess that’s already there and work out a business model for the communities impacted by extreme waste issues, so they can help us solve it. We need the infrastructure, and we need everyone taking responsibility to help clean it up. We also need to stop buying the products that create the problem.

It’s a big complex problem, and the team at One Phuket would love to hear from any experts, who can provide ideas on how we can solve it. We need ideas that will cost money, as well as ideas that don’t, because we don’t know how we can get any funding for this. And yes, we will be speaking with the government, because it does require that sort of attention too.

In the meantime, can you help us? And if you’re somewhere else, can you help there?

To solve this, let’s all share our stories, what works, what doesn’t, and have a global approach to managing the waste crisis. It’s out of control and we must do better. We must. For our kids, but especially for the children who have no option but to grow up in these places.



Environment education

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Uncommon Courage: an invitation – my latest book

Uncommon Courage is an invitation to be your courageous best self every day. It’s also an antidote to the overwhelm, fear, and rage rolling around the world. But it’s more than a book; it’s an invitation to join an inclusive community that wants to better understand humanities challenges – both global and personal – in order to take courageous action and create a better world for everyone. If Covid19 has given us the time and space to reflect, Uncommon Courage gives us the nudge we need to create lasting change.

You can buy it on AmazonApple BooksBarnes & Noble, Book DepositoryBooktopia, SmashwordsKobo, Gardners, Odilo, Indie Bound, BookShop by BookTrib and Scribd.

Better yet, order it from your local bookstore, so you can #SupportLocal.

You can read the reviews, including a new five-star review on Book Commentary, another five-star review on ReaderViews, a review on BookTrib, and three more on Booklife, another on Book Commentary and Blue Ink Reviews. I’m also collating reviews on my Website too. Have a look and grateful to everyone who has written or recorded one.

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Climate Courage

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