Penchom Saetang

Ashoka Fellow
Thailand,
Fellow Since 2010
Ecological Alert and Recovery - Thailand (EARTH) Foundation

Citation

This profile was prepared when Penchom Saetang was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
The New Idea
Penchom established the first citizen network to monitor industrial pollution in Thailand. In the face of pro-industry economic policies and ineffective environmental guidelines, she is equipping communities impacted by industrial pollution with the tools needed to independently demand socially and environmentally responsible industry practices.

Penchom’s work targets “fence-line” communities living in the shadow of Thailand’s rapid development. Her efforts cover a wide spectrum of areas: Enhancement of neighborhood capacity to collect pollutant data; support of environmental litigation; and advocacy for a national policy to guarantee the public “right to know” of released pollutants. Penchom has also created an unusual opportunity for Thai scientists, otherwise silenced by organizational policy, to support the citizen sector in demanding corporate and government accountability.

To ensure that citizen concerns are represented in the latest negotiations by industries and the government on climate change, Penchom has pioneered a national campaign for “climate justice.” She works with a broad range of citizen networks across Thailand to demand that measureable changes be made to create a socially and environmentally responsible industry in developing countries.
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