Rolling in the holiday cash that you just don’t know what to do with? Help send Earth First! Journal‘s Kat Eng to the Areng Valley in the Cardamoms Protected Forest in southwest Cambodia to interview frontline environmental activists about their struggle to protect their home from the Chinese-funded Sinohydro, a hydropower dam that threatens to destroy the pristine ecosystem and displace 1,500 indigenous people. This interview will be featured in the upcoming spring Earth First! Journal.
The remote Areng Valley is located in the 400,000-hectare Central Cardamoms Protected Forest, one the country’s last pristine natural forests in Koh Kong province. The valley is home to an ethnic Chong community that has resided in the area for centuries. It also contains the habitats of rare and endangered animal and fish species, including the Asian Arowana, Asian Elephant and Siamese Crocodile (Yeophantong, 2014).
The struggle against the construction of the Cheay Areng dam has a long history–The project was previously defeated in 2006 and 2010 when public outcry over environmental concerns caused two separate Chinese hydro-power companies to withdraw their investments. The project has met fierce resistance from local activists, employing community-based direct action tactics such as mass protests and road blockades, strategies that are groundbreaking for Cambodia’s emerging environmental movement.
What we need funded:
- Transportation expenses: plane ticket (round-trip), bus and motodop fare
- Recording equipment: camera, voice recorder
- Hiring an interpreter during the 2-week project
- Room/board for Kat and aforementioned interpreter
If we don’t raise sufficient funds, all the money will be donated to Mother Nature Cambodia NGO and used directly by on the ground activists in Areng Valley to continue their campaign.
Kat Eng is a Khmer-American activist and multimedia artist. Her work ranges from covering the exploitation of Cambodian garment workers to the fighting the destruction of the Briger Forest in Palm Beach, Florida. Kat runs Up Srei Media, an independent andti-capitalist Cambodian media project. She currently lives in South Florida, where she is employed by Earth First! Journal.