“Enough of your lies, cheating and violence. Enough of our hunger and loss of dignity from forced resettlement. Enough of threats and intimidation. We are going home for good.”
But there’s no mystery about the cause of this crisis: It’s down to us – from building on wetlands and floodplains, to our poorly planned hydropower dams to over-abstraction of water for agriculture, unsustainable fishing, pollution, invasive species, sand mining and climate change.
It’s understandable that the international aid community wants to distance itself from the military regime. But it’s important that development and conservation programs continue to be funded.
Of course, comparing democratic development in the Mekong region might sound like citing “the bad, the worse, and the ugly” but that is because we are using the most advanced frame of democracy from Western standard.
Launched over a decade ago, E20 — which uses ethanol from sugarcane and cassava — was at one point seen as the energy source of the future, especially when oil prices neared US$100 (3,000 baht) a barrel.
Whether one cares about climate change or not, the “green industry” is the future and it is here to stay. If Thailand takes too long to realise this, it will look back and regret the great missed opportunity that was right under its nose.
The devastation will be unimaginable. How long before we realise that changing lightbulbs or eating plant-based diets is simply not enough without large-scale systemic change?
With its biggest customer increasingly alarmed by the impacts of large-scale hydropower and the viability of building dams becoming poorer and poorer, it is uncertain why Laos has clung to its hydropower ambitions quite so stubbornly.
We need to further promote “economisation of political discourse” so that we can collect and identify common desires among all stakeholders in our effort to further visualising and consolidating “Cambodian Economic Dreams” that are shared by the people and leaving no one behind.
The Lao government has adhered to an agenda that gambles the country’s international reputation and is also starkly out of step with its stated goals around sustainable development