PHUKET: The Safer Phuket campaign (story here), designed to significantly improve marine safety on and around the island, launched a petition last week to build mass commitment to change, campaign leader Duncan Stewart told the Phuket Gazette today.

“The campaign needs three ‘Ms’: message, momentum and mass – we’re at stage three now,” Mr Stewart said.

“We need demonstrable mass and commitment… because we are changing culture and status quo,” he said.

A successful “International marine standards for a Safer Phuket” petition (click here), which is hoped to garner between 3,000 and 5,000 signatures, is seen as a crucial component of the project’s overall success.

“If, say 5,000 people sign up for change, that’s a powerful mandate that will allow us to drive forward and use as a platform for building further campaign messages and impact. There is no reason why we cannot be a Safer Phuket working to international standards,” Mr Stewart said.

The petition does not have a Thai translation yet, but Mr Stewart says that one is in the works.

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— Isaac Stone Simonelli