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#IndigenousPeoplesDay: The Livelihoods of Thailand's Indigenous Peoples are at RISK!

#IndigenousPeoplesDay: The Livelihoods of Thailand's Indigenous Peoples are at RISK!

On the International World’s Indigenous Peoples Day, 9 August, we pay tribute to these amazing #HumanBeings, #Protectors of our #MotherNature, whose traditional knowledge CAN SAVE LIVES. Indigenous Peoples hold solutions to #climatechange & #COVID19. Now more than ever it’s time to LISTEN to them!

Often people ask us ‘Who are Indigenous Peoples? Why do you focus some of your work on them?’ -

The answer is simple:

Indigenous Peoples are the very first Humans on Earth knowing better than anyone else how to protect our lives and our #Planet in a sustainable way. They are Guardians & Protectors of forests and the environment. Their traditional ways of living have resisted thousands of years and we have so much to learn from them; if only the #capitalist world we live in would pay them the RESPECT they so deserve.

In Thailand, the livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples are AT RISK! We have all been following the daily injustices they are facing from the #SaveBangkloi and #SaveOmkoi cases to #Billy Disappearance. Instead of treating indigenous peoples with respect and dignity, the Thai government wants to make them invisible. But they are here to stay forever. They were the first ones on our Planet! We must learn from them.

To overcome the lack of understanding and knowledge on the important Humans that are indigenous peoples for our Planet, please share our blog so people can learn: (1). WHO they are, but also (2). their STRUGGLES in the capitalist world we live in, with corporates and states trying to silence them with criminalization, killings, and disappearances, and (4). WHAT can be done to support indigenous communities to be recognized in Thailand so they can fully enjoy their fundamental #HumanRights.



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