Our Core Programs
We have a program with our mascot Bobo The Whale who tours schools around Bangkok promoting environmental awareness and education for a period of time.
We bring attention of our Earth's issues by raising awareness at events like school fairs and farmer's markets.
We organize beach clean-ups with village committees and local school students.
We help organize rallies and protests to encourage companies and schools to go plastic-free and also to appeal to the government to ban single-use plastics immediately.
Bobo The Whale
Fact 1: One of the most detrimental environmental problems in our world today is the tons of plastic being dumped relentlessly into our oceans.
In July 2017, Sang foundation was invited by the UN in Bangkok to build a giant whale installation - to be exhibited during the Asian Pacific UN Ministerial Environment Summit from 5-8 September 2017. The result was "Bobo The Whale", a concept created by Mutsumi Adachi. As the founder of the Sang Foundation, she wanted to raise awareness by displaying a whale with plastic debris in its belly.
Bobo had different interactive features to educate viewers, as well as a poem expressing the sadness of this environmental emergency. The UN also invited the Clean Ocean Organization of New York to play a 4D VR video called "The Lonely Whale" at the summit. This VR video gave participants the experience of a being a whale swimming in a sea of trash. Viewers could clearly imagine how this magnificent whale would suffer a slow and painful death from ingesting plastic debris. The exhibits focused on the disastrous effects of ocean pollution, particularly around Thailand.
The UN did not provide funds for Bobo; this project was solely funded by Sang Foundation volunteers. The time frame for Bobo's construction was extremely short, but with help from dedicated supporters and volunteers, it was completed successfully and managed to create positive change.
Fact 2: Bobo was designed to raise awareness of the problem of ocean debris
To create Bobo, Mutsumi contacted Thai Taiyo Tent factory. Mr. Tohru Hirono made the technical drawing for the design. The 3 meter-tall, 3meter-wide, and nearly 9 meter-long structure were completed after a good deal of precise concentrated efforts. Bobo has fins on both sides measuring around 1.5m each, and a 4 meter-long tail stuffed with plastic bottles collected from the UN coffee shops and cafeteria, and from volunteers' personal contributions.
To avoid using plastic, Sang Foundation hoped to make Bobo out of recyclable fabric. The Trend Denim Company generously donated 110 yards of blue denim to cover the body of the whale. Many volunteers from Trash Hero Hua Hin collected ocean debris from Pattaya. Many other volunteers and school students also helped to collect trash to build the exhibit.