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Environmental Justice

On June 15, 2022, a network of around 100 villagers from the Lower Chi River Basin in Roi Et and Yasothon provinces travelled to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives in Bangkok.
The Chatree mining complex in Northern Thailand began operations in 2001 and was closed by Thailand’s ruling junta in 2017. Villagers say the environment and their health has suffered as a result of the operations. In January 2022, the government gave permission for the mine to reopen.
Renowned Thai environmental rights defender Niwat Roykaew receives this year's prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize.
This year, Rayong fisherfolk faced the so-called ‘biggest’ oil spill in Thai history. Confronted by repeating industrial accidents and pollution issues, many have taken up the role of citizen scientists to document the long-lasting impacts and now they are demanding to know more about their expanding industrial neighbours.
In 2021, a 30-year-old water infrastructure project was revived to address shortages in Central Thailand. Civil society groups and experts are concerned about the social and ecological impacts, as communities stand to lose their ancestral lands and livelihoods.
Rural farming communities take action against the threat of pollution from recycling factories in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor.
Instead of becoming a judge, Juthamat Srihatthapadungkit chose to fight for justice from the ground up. The 26-year-old works side by side with communities to end mining projects approved without public consent and monitor laws and policies related to the country's mineral resources.
"The house I live in, the clothes that I wear - my shoes, my school uniform, my tuition fees, my bike, and my toys, everything all comes from the sea."
When a Chinese mining company arrived in a quiet rural area in Thailand's northeastern province of Sakon Nakhon in 2015, a group of local women knew they had to act.