Target: Sukhumbhand Paribatra, Governor of Bangkok
Goal: Prevent hotels and commercial centers from displacing Bangkok’s small business owners and poorest citizens.
Impoverished families are being displaced and small businesses are being destroyed in the city of Bangkok to make room for modernized hotels, restaurants, and malls. These luxury services will cater to the more than 20 million tourists expected to visit the city every single year.
To cater to the tourists’ needs, small businesses, which, in many cases, have been owned by the same family for over a century, are being replaced by commercialized corporations. Impoverished citizens who have lived in the same homes for decades, are being forced out by the city’s relocation efforts. Where their homes currently sit will soon be the site of museums and other tourist attractions. These people have nowhere else to go and very few jobs to turn to.
While every city must grow and change, it cannot leave a majority of its citizens behind. Before catering to tourists, the city must first help its own people. Sign the petition to ask that this rapid overdevelopment be slowed.
Dear Mr. Sukhumbhand Paribatra,
Bangkok is one of the world’s most beautiful and unique cities. Millions flock to the city because of its gorgeous, treasured temples and its bustling floating markets. However, this tourism has caused thousands of citizens to be displaced in favor of development and modernization.
Homes are being razed to build new malls, hotels, restaurants, and other tourist sites. Small businesses owners and vendors are losing their jobs due to new commercialized companies. In its efforts to modernize and cater to the rest of the world, the city seems to have forgotten about the very people that call it home.
I ask you to take efforts to slow this construction and overdevelopment. Instead, improve the livelihoods of your citizens by protecting their homes and their jobs.
[Your Name Here]
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