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Team Sweden to Promote Environmental Awareness for a Sustainable Tomorrow

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22 Sept 2023

On Wednesday, 20 September, Sweden Alumni Network Thailand (SANT), in collaboration with Team Sweden, including the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok, SweCham, and the Swedish Institute (SI), organised the Roundtable Discussion on 'Plastic Waste: Management and Social Awareness' at Tetra Pak Thailand.  With the aim to raise environmental awareness among participants, representatives from leading organisations and influential persons shared insights into various sustainable projects and future actions from their organisations.  

On this occasion, SweCham Executive Director, Dr Pojanath Bhatanacharoen, along with the team, joined the event to gain new insights from inspirational speakers into how we could make our community a better place to live.  In connection with the Plastic Free Week, Ms Chaidarun Tippawan, Regional Director for Asia – University Studies Aboard Consortium (USAD), Chairperson of SANT, shared a valuable experience from the plogging activity organised on 16 - 17 September in different provinces in Thailand. Additionally, volunteers' collective effort also leaves a lasting positive impact on Chiang Mai because the litter will be used and transformed into road asphalt for Chiang Mai University. 🏃🏻‍♂️🗑️ 

Moreover, the round-table played a significant role in heightening awareness regarding critical environmental concerns.  This was achieved through engaging discussions and the valuable perspectives shared by guest speakers, including Ms AnnaMaria Oltorp, Head of the Development Cooperation Section, Regional Asia and the Pacific of the Swedish Embassy in Bangkok, Mr Pornphrom Vikitsreth, Bangkok Governor Counsellor, Mr Patinya Silsupadol, Head of Sustainability of Tetra Pak, Mr Chanin Srisuma, Co-founder and Owner of Refill Station, and Mr Chanut Wudhiwigaigarn, Creative Manager of KongGreenGreen.  In short, even though each organisation has different strategies for reducing plastic waste, what is important is that all public, private, and government sectors including us must work together in order to create a waste-free community.  Remember, small steps can lead to significant impacts.  Together, let's reduce plastic waste to create a better living environment on our planet! 🌱 

SweCham would like to thank SANT and all supporters for organising this informative round-table discussion for everyone.  Special thanks to Tetra Pak Thailand and Khun Ratanasiri Tilokskulchai, MD, for your warm hospitality and for offering us a space to enjoy the discussion and Fika!  We look forward to joining other great events organised by SANT and Team Sweden again in the near future.

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