If you can comfortably label yourself a "greenie" or "tree-hugger", the scene of thousands of similarly environmentally-concerned citizens gathering at Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre on Sunday would have made your eyes well up with tears of joy.
Of course, I was there with the crowd to give moral support to Sasin Chalermlarp and his fellow conservationists who completed a 388km walk to Bangkok from Nakhon Sawan province, where the planned Mae Wong Dam is to be built in a national park. How could I miss such an event? I have been labelled a "tree-hugger" and despite its derogatory connotations, I do not take this personally or let it get under my skin. (In real life, I intentionally hug trees as much as possible because fewer and fewer of them are left!)
So Sunday can now be taken as a watershed moment in the conservation spirit of the urban middle class _ the Green Bourgeoisie, if you will.
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