Planting trees in Thailand (Source: Kanepa)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Thai Library Association (TLA) has joined hands with the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) to launch a project by adopting green initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, according to local authorities.

According to a press statement released on February 18, over 600 libraries throughout Thailand will participate in the project to promote digital libraries and e-books, encourage environmentally-friendly habits such as using bicycles, reducing the use of paper and plastic, and recycling waste.

SET Senior Executive Vice President Krisada Sektrakul was quoted in the statement as saying that libraries can play a vital role in educating and communicating on the impacts of climate change to the public.

The joint project between the TLA and SET has extended from the “Care the Bear” project initiated last year, to encourage Thailand’s listed firms to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

During the last six months of 2018, SET and 33 capital-market organisations held several eco-friendly events, which have helped successfully reduce the emission of nearly 1,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the amount obtained from growing approximately 163,509 trees.

Meanwhile, TLA Vice President Satramedhi Suwakhon Siriwongworawat said that the project will help raise public awareness of the need to mitigate climate change, especially among the youth.

The project is expected to build knowledge of climate change for some 600,000 library visitors a year.

Previously, TLA and SET have also collaborated in organising a workshop to help librarians and related staff acquire more knowledge related to climate change, thus encouraging them to take concrete actions for their communities.–VNA