Dialogue Forum 5: Surge in Plastic Waste during COVID-19 and the Roadmap towards sustainable plastic waste management

The monthly forum to “bridge the gap” and “connect the dots” of different views and opinions as well as bits of information to create one big picture for better understanding in society

In times when society has become widened with gaps and differences of views and opinions, one issue could be escalated into a crisis if there are no platforms available for appropriate discussion among all concerned.

The media, while informing and inspiring their audience, could also take an educating and facilitating role to serve such the purpose, acting as a bridge and helping connect the dots into one big picture.

In collaboration with its partners and with the support of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Thailand Office), Bangkok Tribune News Agency has come up with a monthly forum on issues of importance, under the project, “Dialogue Forum”.

This is to facilitate and provide a space for discussions and exchanges of dialogues and views on issues of importance especially in regard to social and environmental issues both in Thailand and the Mekong region, thus not only helping connect the dots as wished, but also forging understanding among the public and the parties concerned, encouraging them to find a common ground and seek solutions together.

One of the issues which has grasped public attention recently is the surge in plastic use and plastic waste during the lockdown and resteictions against COVID-19.

Thailand Environment Institute has revealed the fact in regard to the issue that plastic waste increased during the lockdown up to 15%, or up from around 5,500 tons a day to 6,300 tons a day.

More critically, it found the relationship of this increased amount of plastic waste to the shift in people’s lifestyle following the pandemic as most of this waste is a result from food delivery.

Thailand has come up with the policy and road map to address the issue of plastic waste over the past few years, but whether these policy and roadmap can keep up with the shift of consumption behaviors that produce more of plastics is still a question as much as a new challenge.

The Dialogue Forum therefore would cordially like to invite you to explore the sustainable path for the country’s plastic waste management amid the increasing challenge during the pandemic and beyond in its Dialogue Forum 5: Surge in Plastic Waste during COVID-19 and the Roadmap towards sustainable plastic waste
management at SEA-Junction 408, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, on August 26, 2020 (10.00 am-12.30 pm)

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Objectives

• To develop and introduce a new body of knowledge and innovation in regard to an independent, in-depth media to the public (Indie & In-depth)

• To empower public members to be able to keep up with any developments as well as repercussions in the society, as well as the role of the media in helping shape the society (Empowering)

• To promote participation in development of such the innovative and independent media so that it can remain opened and accessible to all (Open & Accessible)

Partners

• Thai Society of Environmental Journalists 
• Project SEVANA South-East Asia
• SEA-Junction
• Bangkok Tribune News Agency

Supported by

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Thailand Office)