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Tree Planting Foundation’s Green Revolution on Makha Bucha Day: Tawatchai Tositrakul’s Vision for a Cleaner Thailand

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Imagine a world where the glow of candles and the smoke of incense sticks are replaced by the lush, vibrant green of newly planted seedlings. This isn’t a scene from a futuristic novel; it’s the vision that the Tree Planting Foundation is bringing to life in Thailand for the celebration of Makha Bucha day. This Saturday, amidst the traditional festivities, they’re championing a revolutionary change: swapping burning candles and incense for the planting of seedlings. A change, they say, will cultivate acres of green space across the nation and foster a new era of environmentally-conscious merit-making.

Under the enthusiastic leadership of Director Tawatchai Tositrakul, the foundation is not just talking the talk; they’re walking the walk. Tositrakul passionately points out a sobering truth: the remnants of our customary offerings – smoldering incense, wilted flowers, and half-melted candles – morph into pollutants and waste quicker than one can say “Makha Bucha.” “Imagine the morning after,” he says, “streets lined not with remnants of yesterday’s prayers, but with sprouting greens, breathing life instead of contributing to pollution. The very air we breathe would be purer, the societal health, richer, thanks to fewer particulates like PM2.5 floating around.” His vision is clear: seedlings today mean more green, more clean, and more serene tomorrow.

The Tree Planting Foundation isn’t just casting seeds in the wind; they’ve laid down roots in 51 temples across 15 provinces, from the bustling streets of Bangkok to the serene landscapes of Chiang Rai and Khon Kaen. Iconic temples like Wat Phra Chetuphon, Wat Arun, and Wat Mahathat are on board, turning sacred grounds into nurseries of the future. Since the initiative took off in the hinterlands in 2020, it’s been gaining momentum, now making its debut in the capital with a green flourish. Small temples receive a gift of 100 seedlings, while larger ones are graced with a thousand, totaling over 100,000 seedlings distributed to date.

But it’s not a solo journey. In an embrace of community spirit, the foundation has joined hands with the stalwarts of sustainability like the Thai Organic Agriculture Foundation, ensuring quality seedlings are ready for planting. Tositrakul enthusiastically invites everyone to join this green revolution. “Your support could turn into forests of change,” he exclaims, outlining how every donation furthers their vision, transforming monetary gifts into green legacies.

The optimism is contagious. “If just 10% of worshippers take up this green baton, imagine the forests we could grow together – thousands of trees enriching our land annually,” Tositrakul muses, a sparkle of possibility in his eyes. And it’s not just the Tree Planting Foundation that’s getting its hands dirty. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is sprouting into action, distributing seedlings at five landmark parks till Saturday. It’s an all-hands-in-the-soil moment for the city.

As Makha Bucha day dawns, the Tree Planting Foundation’s campaign is more than an environmental initiative; it’s a cultural revolution. It’s an invitation to turn traditions into testimonies of sustainability, to swap fleeting moments of light and scent for enduring legacies of green. This Saturday, as Thais gather to honor a sacred tradition, they’re also sowing seeds of hope, transforming the fabric of their venerable customs with roots, shoots, and leaves. It’s a story of revival, of breaths of fresh air woven into the very traditions that define a culture, and of a nation’s collective step towards a greener, grander tomorrow.


  1. GreenHeart77 February 22, 2024

    This is a beautiful initiative! It’s incredible to see traditions being merged with environmental consciousness. Tawatchai Tositrakul is a visionary!

    • TraditionKeeper February 22, 2024

      But doesn’t this dilute the essence of Makha Bucha day? The use of candles and incense sticks is symbolic and not just about the physical items.

      • GreenHeart77 February 22, 2024

        I think it’s about evolving traditions in a way that respects both our cultural heritage and the planet. Symbols can change form but retain their meaning.

    • SkepticalSam February 22, 2024

      Sounds great on paper, but how many people will actually switch from traditional offerings to planting trees? It seems like a massive cultural shift.

      • EcoWarrior February 23, 2024

        It starts with a few and grows. Every major change begins with someone willing to do things differently. I’m optimistic!

  2. NatureHugger February 22, 2024

    Over 100,000 seedlings distributed to date is impressive! We need more actions like this to combat climate change.

    • RealistRick February 22, 2024

      While I appreciate the effort, the real issue at hand is industrial pollution. This feels like a drop in the ocean.

      • NatureHugger February 22, 2024

        True, but every drop counts. Public initiatives like this also raise awareness and could lead to bigger changes.

  3. BangkokResident February 22, 2024

    I live in Bangkok and haven’t seen much about this. How are they promoting this to the general public?

    • CitySlicker February 22, 2024

      I saw some posters at a local park. Maybe they’re focusing on areas near participating temples? Could be better advertised, IMO.

  4. OldSchool February 22, 2024

    Changing traditions like these feels wrong. What’s next, no lighting fireworks during New Year? Tradition is tradition.

    • Innovator February 22, 2024

      But shouldn’t traditions evolve with society to remain relevant and beneficial? I think adapting for environmental good is a positive step.

  5. TreeHuggerTim February 23, 2024

    I’ve always felt disconnected from traditional ceremonies, but this makes me want to participate. Connecting with nature is something I can get behind!

  6. Sarah February 23, 2024

    Is anyone concerned about what types of trees are being planted? They need to be native to the area, or it could disrupt the local ecosystem.

    • BotanyBill February 23, 2024

      Great point, Sarah. The article mentions collaboration with the Thai Organic Agriculture Foundation, so I’d hope they’ve got this covered.

  7. Anonymous123 February 23, 2024

    I wonder how this will look in a few years. Will we see actual forests growing, or is this just a feel-good campaign that falls flat?

    • HopefulHenrietta February 23, 2024

      We’ve got to start somewhere, right? Maybe this initiative inspires others and we see real change. Gotta stay hopeful!

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