Let us create a clean mentality

Last Thursday (02/10/2012) we visited Bokor Mountain and we felt really happy to see the development of the area. The classic tour brought us to the ancient Bokorville downtown – where is the casino under re-construction, the church, etc. Afterward we decided to see the waterfall. As you will see in the next post, there is not water this month – dry season – but there is all this garbage. How can we do to end this national situation? When we are going to understand that we should not let garbage everywhere? It gives a terrible impression. It is a problem that affects everybody. It comes not only from people with too low educational level, but even from those suppose to be educators, leaders or well-educated people. Too many people go to enjoy the sea, the waterfalls, the ancient temples and they do not find other place to let their own garbage than in the same place. I was amazed of the observations of two ‘teachers’ coming with us: ‘Don’t worry! Others will pick it’ and ‘it is the problem of the government.‘ It seems the mentality of everyone in Cambodia. You can see luxury cars going around – with these  arrogant drivers without driving culture of respect for others – throwing garbage through the windows of their black cars!!! Then, it seems there is not hope to end it. Please, everybody – authorities, NGOs, mass media, police, military, schools, university, bloggers, social networks users, expatriates… – let us do an authentic campaign to create a clean culture in Cambodia. It is not that others will pick it and clean or it is not the duty of the government, it is the duty of everybody living in this country. Establish fines for dirty visitors that let their garbage everywhere, teach children that we are responsible of the garbage we produce… do something please!!!! So pity to find the Borkor Mountain like this…


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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

2 responses to “Let us create a clean mentality”

  1. moeun says :

    Trash is ugliness for many people dislike but some people in Cambodia doesn’t know the value of their
    counties .they always throw on count-yard roads beaches traveling places .so we have to force join
    cleaning everywhere . when we go any where we have to think .we are Khmer , good traditional culture ,
    we must brand yourself as a foreigner . because foreigner dose not throw snobbish on the grounds they are cleaner , holly persons .

  2. sothun theang says :

    The upper level can stand well according to the lower level that workers build good condition mean that one country .can regard the good country there are many reasons that classified not only friendly people or building , road , foods , island , mountains , beaches or more others else which are good but the keeping plastic in the right ways or right places . we ought not to throw them at good mountain like Bokor or beaches ( Kompot , Sihanouk Ville , Koh Kong ,) because it can make our one country not good .Help to gather to protect our country .

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