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Cake day: August 18th, 2023


  • This is Cambodia now – logging, poaching, mineral extraction, turning lakes into land and destroying rivers, as well as exporting massive amounts of sands. There are systems in place where (officials) exploit the environment for profit and our group has been doing as much as we can to stop these unethical projects and protect the environment – and that is why we are a threat in the regime’s eyes.

    Sand extraction may sound like a strange thing to be concerned about, but beach sand is a key ingredient in concrete, and is a dwindling resource that can’t be replaced with desert sand. The extraction of this essential material is driven by urban development. The irony is that much of this sand is going to China, where entire ghost cities are being built, left empty, and then demolished, in order to goose their economic reports.

    Vietnam and Cambodia are different countries separated by mountains and language, but they have a lot in common. One of the similarities is that they are both seen as cheap sources of construction-grade sand. One of my favorite SLRPNK posts is this story shared by @wanderingmeomeo in ! - about how a small community of people living on the river banded together to stop sand pirates destroying their home in the face of government indifference and corruption.

    Cambodia is probably following Vietnam’s lead in cracking down on environmental defenders like Hoang Thi Minh Hong.

  • In my experience, people aren’t taking the idea seriously enough. People are happy to geek out about electric cars and solar panels, but degrowth, despite the broad political consensus on the overwhelming evidence for its necessity, is still regarded as fringe.

    Agreeing on goals is often a larger obstacle than finding solutions. How many leftists who were responsible for building sewers were sanitation engineers? Do you think they had a fleshed-out building codebook and peer-reviewed waste management proposal before they acquired political power? Or was that the easy part, compared to building a political coalition powerful enough to tax rich people who were fine with running sewage down the middle of the streets of working-class neighborhoods?

  • There’s a certain segment of the population that embraces collapse in a way that hastens its arrival, withdrawing to rural areas and fortifying themselves with guns and mentally preparing themselves to kill others to survive in a way that fuels right wing politics.

    I think there are ways that one can prepare for collapse without contributing to the trends that accelerate it. Storing non-perishable food, for example, can be useful to survive a serious social disruption, but is also useful to support workers engaged in strike action, or give you a financial cushion to allow you to quit an exploitative job. Building networks of interdependence and support that exist outside the state are just good praxis, aside from being extremely valuable when shit hits the fan.