Sasin Chalermlarp, who walked 388km to protest a proposed dam project in Mae Wong National Park, has done more than just spread his anti-dam messages.
The secretary-general of the conservation group Seub Nakhasathien Foundation may have given a spark of new life to the dormant environmental movement and perhaps set in motion another historic change in this chaotic and divided society.
The conservationist's "long march" has already been spoken of as being the most significant phenomenon for the Thai environmental movement in decades. Not since the proposed construction of Nam Choan Dam in Kanchanaburi in 1986 has an environmental campaign galvanised such a huge following as the one that congregated at Bangkok's Art and Culture Centre on Sunday.
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