Mother Nature Cambodia is a movement of volunteer activists devoted to the protection of Cambodia's most precious asset, our natural resources. Our direct, innovative and peaceful campaigns have so far been effective at holding the Cambodian authoritarian government and private entities to account and at positively influencing public opinion at all levels of Cambodian society. Also, we have played a fundamental part in inspiring countless Cambodians,especially youth, to stand up and demand not just the protection of the country's natural resources but positive and meaningful change in society, To name just two of our most visual and effective campaigns since our inception in 2012, we managed to force the cancellation of the destructive Areng Valley hydro-dam (an excuse for corruption and logging), and put and end to the illegal mining and export (aka smuggling) of sand in Koh Kong's precious coastal mangroves and estuaries.
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+ Support our brave environmental activists; Mother Nature Cambodia relies on contributions from individuals and small grants from some of our partners to pay for campaigning costs (coordinating protests, monitoring of human rights abuses, investigations and filming, etc.). Our activists are roughly divided into two groups: a) those investigating and exposing crimes against nature, abuses of power and acts of grand corruption by the dictatorship and its crooked partners; and b) those working with communities from remote parts of the country engaged in countless struggles, such as forced evictions due to so-called Economic Land Concessions and hydro-dams, logging, deadly gold mining, etc.
To get a good idea of the huge reach of our work, do take a quick peep at our Facebook page and see how our short but hard-hitting videos reach hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of viewers per month.
+ Expand the scope of our work; After forcing the Cambodian government to cancel the Areng dam, and pressuring the governments of Singapore and Cambodia to stop trading sand from coastal estuaries (both campaigns taking place in Koh Kong province), we are now expanding the scope of our work onto other parts of the country. After already starting to have a presence in the communities along the mighty Mekong that would be wiped out if the dictatorship's plans for more large hydro-dams go ahead, our activists are now also engaged in coastal Sihanoukville - affected by gangster-like development - and northeast Cambodia, where logging and deadly gold mining continue to take place. Supporting us means we can reinforce these campaigns, and continue expanding our work onto other parts of the country and other issues. This is even more vital now that the opposition party has been all-but-decimated and the country has become a de-facto one-party state, and independent media as well as real civil society groups continue to be muzzled systematically persecuted.
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Just to show one of the many examples of what our activists are capable of - despite the repression we are subjected to - here is our most successful video so far. Watched over 3 million times and shared more than 130K times, it exposes how fraud surrounds the exports of rare silica sand our of Cambodia to markets such as Taiwan. Support our work so we can continue exposing, and stopping, the destruction of our nation's natural resources!!!
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Mother Nature Cambodia is regularly featured in the media, both in Cambodia and internationally.
Click here to see a compilation of media articles in English featuring the work we do.
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