Here are a few updates on what’s been happening this month:
Stop the Papar Dam!
In Sabah, a controversial dam project that was shelved in 2015 has been resurrected by the newly elected Chief Minister Shafie Apdal despite campaign promises condemning the project.
The proposed dam would cover 5.22 sq km, is estimated to cost RM2 billion and would displace approximately 2,000 people. Apart from displacement, affected communities are also concerned that the dam would have adverse environmental impacts, destroy burial sites and submerge land over which they hold nativecustomary title.
The Borneo Project condemns Sabah’s shortsighted dam policy and urges the administration to respect indigenous land rights. Water supply is a serious issue and should not come at the expense of human rights or the environment. Parti Warsian should listen to the experts and consider wiser water alternatives.
Congratulations Adrian Banie Lasimbang!
We were thrilled to learn that Adrian Banie Lasimbang was sworn in as a new member of the Malaysian Senate on Monday. Banie is on The Borneo Project’s Advisory Council and is the Executive Director of our grassroots project partner TONIBUNG.
TONIBUNG has been instrumental in implementing micro-hydroelectric systems for communities in the Baram basin, making clear that renewable village-scale solutions are viable policy, demonstrating that mega-dams should sit firmly in the rear view mirror of Sarawak and Sabah’s energy future.
We are delighted to hear of his appointment and are looking forward to seeing a champion of sustainable energy in the Malaysian Senate.
Get ready to RISE for climate, jobs and justice
Thousands of Californians will march on Saturday, September 8th in San Francisco as part of a global day of action before Governor Jerry Brown welcomes the world to San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit.
There is no time left for false solutions and empty promises – we’re demanding real climate leadership from Governor Brown and all elected officials. That means no new fossil fuel projects and a just transition to 100% renewable energy.
It will take all of us to make this the largest climate march the west coast has ever seen. Will we see you there? RSVP here.