The Uma Bawang community of Malaysia is one of the shining examples of how a native community can effectively protest and stop advancing land exploitation. When logging companies threatened to disrupt their community, the Uma Bawang protested vehemently, erecting barricades, and pleading in the legal arena, and eventually succeeding in protecting their land. In our full length interview, Theivanai Amarthalingam tells their story, as well as her own, as a legal advisor to both the Consumers’ Association of Penang and Friends of the Earth Malaysia. In addition, she breaks down some of the measures an average citizen can take to help aid the worldwide effort for environmental justice.
Click on her photo above to see her talk about her work and the connection between human rights and environmental justice. Or visit The Hub at http://hub.witness.org/