Every year, students at both of our EarthRights Schools travel back to their home countries to conduct interviews, gather data and investigate destructive development projects, poverty, health, education, and many other issues in their communities. However, the students’ fieldwork is but the first part of their capstone project . . . upon their return to school in Chiang Mai, they write in-depth reports on their findings.
In addition to being the culmination of their time at the EarthRights Schools, these reports are a beacon of hope – a preview of the amazing work still to come from these courageous young leaders as they return to civil society and turn their attention to the issues that matter most in their communities.
We are therefor very pleased to release two student anthologies, featuring a selection of reports from the dedicated classes of 2010 and 2011 and documenting earth rights abuses throughout Burma and the Mekong.
Land, Water, Rights is a journey from the source of the Mekong, high on the Tibetan Plateau, to its fertile delta in the south of Vietnam. It tells the stories of sixteen EarthRights School Mekong students from seven different regions, delving into issues like the forced relocation of Tibetan nomads, potential impacts of planned dams, environmental destruction caused by plantations and much more.
Where the Change Has Yet to Reach is a collection of seventeen reports by former students of the EarthRights School Burma. The work covers topics such as the impacts of deforestation on indigenous people, challenges to Rangoon's monastic education system, livelihood destruction caused by the Dawei deep sea port and the consequences of building oil and gas pipelines in remote ethnic areas. The writers hail from several different ethnic groups across Burma, but together they form a cohesive picture of the country's emerging civil society.