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'Clean Yangon Green Yangon' Street Clean-Up Sep 29, 2018

'Clean Yangon Green Yangon' Street Clean-Up

Facebook Page : Clean Yangon Green Yangon
Date : Saturday, Sep 29 2018, 08:00am - 09:00am
Location: in front of Craft Cafe, Yangon, Myanmar

Street Clean Up
I saw an event in Yangon about cleaning-up the streets. This is a good way to immerse myself into the culture, meet people and do something for the community. I help clean-up coastal areas, why not streets? Of course I signed-up!

A Japanese Initiative
This is a monthly event on it 16th clean-up drive. It is organized by a Japanese and most of the participants (except me and a few locals) were Japanese students. I was grouped with 2 other Japanese guys - we were a crew as we got into conversation while picking-up trash. One is here learning to speak Burmese and the other one is here to study Myanmar culture and history. They added that not much is known about Myanmar and they wanted to know more.

Cleaning Up
We were given gloves, tongs and a plastic sack. I noticed that Yangon's streets are actually clean to begin with. Sure, we picked-up garbage but they were not exactly the typical garbage you see in other capitals of Asia. Mostly, we picked-up cigarette butts and small litter.

'Clean Yangon Green Yangon' Street Clean-Up
the clean-up drive was successful with all the trash collected

Ending Thoughts
Cleaning-up is a noble cause that helps the environment. As an environmentalist, I try to get involved. But like all clean-ups I've attended, there is this conundrum knowing that the people who throw their trash will continue to do so...and we do the clean-up again. The cycle repeats itself. Sure, a clean-up drive increases awareness about trash management, but it only influences those who are already converted. The people who throw their trash are unaffected. Again, I have to say that the best approach to a clean-up drive is through proper education of those who need to be aware. But this requires a strong political will. Will authorities 'shame' litterbugs by making them do a full day clean-up themselves when caught? Again, it takes more than dedicated idealists like the ones who participated in this clean-up to make it happen. It's a community effort.

I applaud these Japanese who chose to immerse themselves into cultural and social interaction by cleaning up the streets. There are many ways to build community - language meet-up in a bar or cafe (nothing wrong with that) or pick-up garbage and talk along.

As a lone traveler, I get this privilege to join any community project that resonates with me. I get to be productive, meet people and also be useful. There are many other activities in Yangon and with my remaining time, I hope to get involved in those whose cause come closest to mine.

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Yangon International Airport Yangon International Airport

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How to Get to Downtown Yangon from the Yangon International Airport (RGN)
  1. take the shuttle bus from Airport to Downtown Yangon, it costs MMK 500. It passes through the main artery of Yangon.
Yangon Travel Tips
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General Travel Tips
  1. arrive early - in case there is a snag (visa snag, documentation snag, transport ticket snag, etc.), you will have ample time to troubleshoot the problem if you arrive early (to the airport, to the bus terminal, etc.)
  2. put detailed itinerary on the Calendar apps of your smart-phone according to timelines - this is where you do all your thinking and planning. Once written down, you don't have to think anymore while you are on the journey...you just follow the steps. This frees your mind for something else that might happen while you are already en route
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  4. power bank - hand-carry your power bank. Do not check it in. You can be called in when you are already inside the plane to go all the way to the loading dock so you can personally remove the power bank...and chances are, you'll have to surrender it to them. And you might delay the plane departure!

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