April 2017 Updates

Tokyo Builds Olympic Stadium with Timber Linked to Indigenous Rights Abuses in Sarawak:
An investigation by several international NGOs has revealed that timber from Shin Yang, a Malaysian logging giant accused of deforestation and human rights violations, is being used to construct the wooden stadium that will be the centerpiece of Tokyo’s Olympic Games. This is a a breach of Japan’s pledge to host a sustainable Olympics in 2020, and is directly linked to indigenous rights abuses in Sarawak. “To use Shing Yang timber products is to deprive the vulnerable Indigenous Penan and Iban peoples of their customary rights, livelihoods, and cultural practices,” said Nicholas Mujah of Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA). Learn more about the issue from Global Witness.

Rivers Around the World Receive Legal Rights:
A few weeks ago the Whanganui River in New Zealand became the first water system in the world recognized as a rights-bearing entity. Five days later a high court in northern India issued a ruling declaring both the Ganga and Yumana rivers as “legal persons/living persons.” The growing global movement for Rights of Nature seeks to define legal rights for ecosystems to exist, flourish, and regenerate their natural capacities, and challenges the status of nature as mere property to be owned and dominated by humans. Read more in the Earth Island Blog.

Goldman Award Ceremony in San Francisco:
On Monday The Borneo Project team rubbed shoulders with allies from around the world at the 2017 Goldman Awards. We celebrated 6 heroes from all around the world who have dedicated themselves to building healthy communities and ecosystems, and challenging global systems of destructive “development”. Check out their stories here.

Join the Sun Bear Society!
We have a lot of amazing projects happening right now and there are always ways to be more involved. Monthly donations are one way we keep our projects running and we have a brand new member club: the Sun Bear Society. The Malaysian Sun Bear is the smallest and rarest of the world’s 8 bear species, and is sometimes called the “honey bear”for its voracious appetite for honey. Can you contribute, $5, $15, or $50 dollars a month? Join the Sun Bear Society to help provide The Borneo Project with the sustained resources we need to accelerate the scale of our work!