Environmental advocates have expressed their displeasure with the Bangkok governor candidates, saying no one is placing sufficient emphasis on the issue.
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Independent Bangkok governor candidate Sophon Pornchokchai swims across the Chao Phraya River close to Rama VIII Bridge yesterday. He was helped intoa boat after finishing his swimming campaign, intended to raise awareness about river conservation. PHOTOS BY PATIPAT JANTHONG
They spoke out at a forum addressing environmental problems in the capital, organised by the Thai Society of Environmental Journalists yesterday.
Pongprom Yamarat, from the environmental campaigner Big Trees, said no candidate has approached the civil sector over the environment issue.
All the policies came from the candidates's own assumptions, he said.
Mr Pongprom said the contestants had no knowledge of the environment and had failed to establish links between it and people's livelihoods.
In foreign countries, green areas help attract investment because they help make places seem livable, he said.
Mr Pongprom also urged the next governor to draw people out of the inner area of the capital by mobilising local business communities in the city's 50 districts.
Commercial spaces must be sought for local vendors in their own districts, he added.
Academic Thongchai Pansawad said no candidate had placed the environment at the forefront of his policy.
Speaking about Pheu Thai candidate Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen's campaign to collect rubbish throughout the day, Mr Thongchai said rubbish collections must take place daily.
Mr Thongchai also proposed the next governor look for a new space in the capital to build a rubbish incinerator surrounded by bush to reduce the impact on residents.
Referring to Democrat candidate MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra's policy on building traffic tunnels underneath intersections, Mr Thongchai said such tunnels should serve both motorists and pedestrians.
Sira Leepipatnavit, a coordinator of the Green World Foundation, said many candidates proposed the use of bicycles, but failed to campaign for a reduction in car use.
Unless the number of cars in the city is minimised, there will be no additional space for bicycles, he added.
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