“Climate Positive” Concert to Combat Global Warming
on 6 December 2008
The 5th Annual “I Love Hua Hin” Concert for Environmental & Social Sustainability was organized as a Zero Carbon Emissions “Climate Positive” event to raise awareness in the fight against global warming, climate change and environmental degradation. With the theme of “Think Green, Think Community, Think Life”, the Preserve Hua Hin Group and the Hua Hin municipality set up the event in honor of the 81st Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty the King.
Held on 6 December 2008 in the public park on top of Hin Lek Fai hill, the carbon dioxide emissions generated from this event were offset by a carbon credit donation from an international carbon asset management firm. Taken into account were all the carbon producing activities related to the concert including guests’ transportation, electricity used for light and sound, food and beverage supply, paper used for tickets and advertising, waste, etc. And with the planting of 500 trees at the venue, it is perhaps the first ever concert in the world to become Climate Positive.
The Junior Ambassadors of the Preserve Hua Hin Group opened the show with a special piece composed especially for the preservation of the Hua Hin municipality. Seattle native David Lehmann with Teddy Sablon from down home Arkansas flew in with a string of country finger pickin’ tunes followed by The Riparians’ Farmer Wanchai singing “Cheatin’ Heart” and Khun Buay yodeling “Thammachat Baan Na”. Next on stage were the ‘60s rock’n’rollers Tang Kay Rumble Band cranking up the verve to put everyone on their feet with the songs of the good ol’ days. The soul-soothing sounds of Sumet & The Pung settled down the crowd and finally the entrance of T-Bone mesmerized the audience with their Thai-style Ska and Reggae tunes.
The food and beverages were provided by the local hoteliers, a T-shirt was given to all 1,200 guests in attendance and 500 trees were donated for reforesting an area on Hin Lek Fai hill. Finally, to educate and raise awareness on environmental and social sustainability, all guests received the bilingual guidebook for sustainable living, “123 Ways to Reduce Your Ecological Footprint” describing a variety of simple actions individuals can take to preserve our planet Earth and decelerate the trend of global warming. All proceeds are utilized to fund PHHG environmental and social programs in the municipality and raise awareness among the general public.