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In their own words, one Iban Dayak community tells the story of their ten year struggle to protect traditional farms, orchards and primary forest reserves from industrial pulp plantations authorized by the Sarawak State government without due process of law or compensation.
Joe Lamb, founder of the Borneo Project, is a writer, activist, and arborist (tree doctor!). He has degrees in biology, ecology, and film, and taught biology and ecology in the United States and in Mexico.
He has also worked as a field organiser on the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign and as a film distributor for The Video Project.
In 1991 Lamb founded The Borneo Project, which has helped indigenous peoples map their lands, bring their case to the court of public opinion, secure land rights, and press for the preservation of their forests through legal action.
Lamb's efforts have won him many accolades, including being recognised as an "environmental hero" by the Goldman Foundation. He was also featured in the San Francisco public television program, “Green Means.”
Early one morning last April, after a long night of impassioned discussion, Jamaludin, a rice farmer from the Indonesian village of Semunying Jaya on the island of Borneo, rallied a handful of his neighbors to walk to a nearby road built by the palm oil company Duta Palma and, in a simple act of defiance, sit down.
The group’s intent was to stop the flow of traffic between the palm oil plantation, which had been carved from the surrounding rainforest that the villagers call their home, and its buyers across the nearby border, in the Malaysian state of Sarawak.
After four hours of blocked traffic, eight military men showed up to talk to Jamaludin and his neighbors...