In this episode, Green Riders: Southeast Asia are invited to join Peace Corps volunteer Julia Schulteis at Din Udom, the cluster of villages where she works in Krabi province, Thailand. We get to check out an incredible playground, built entirely by the community, out of old tires. After, we cycle a few kilometers to the neighbouring village, and spend the afternoon working with the community to plant trees in their school's playground, to create shady outdoor learning spaces. A completely empowering window into how a couple small rural communities are coming together to enrich the environment and lives of their children. Wow. Seriously... Wow.
Thanyamundra (Khao Sok) to Garden View Bungalows (Phanom, Surat Thani)
Day 1 By the Numbers:
Number of Km: 40
Number of cyclists: 5
Number of litres of water consumed: 6
Number of times Jamie's pannier fell off: 2
Number of times Kenny's entire rack fell off: 1
Number of loose spokes: All of them
Number of times iPhone failed due to overheating: 1
Number of particularly close calls with passing vehicles: 0
... tomorrow we double the distance!
GREEN RIDERS is a video-journey, exploring environmental stories, struggles and successes, across Southeast Asia, by bamboo bike and other sustainable means.
Blog of it all: http://greenriders.asia/blog/
Six weeks. Two bikes. A camera. A continent of environmental stories, struggles and successes. Plus, several thousand kilometers of twisted little roads stringing it all together. Welcome to GREEN RIDERS: Southeast Asia.
From June 2012 Kenny and Jamie will journey by bike and other sustainable means from Phuket, Thailand to Bali, Indonesia. Along the way we’ll be exploring Southeast Asia’s wealth of biodiversity, and meeting with groups and individuals involved in its protection and destruction. Plus, making connections with communities to learn more about their conservation efforts and promoting environmental education and action to protect the region’s threatened natural gems.
GREEN RIDERS is a project of the Environmental Education Alliance of South East Asia (EEASEA).