The indigenous peoples in Thailand and Malaysia experience that their livelihoods are threatened by land theft. The forests that they have lived in for hundreds of years are suddenly taken from them and turned into national parks or sold for commercial use.
The climate movement is actually the indigenous peoples' movement in Thailand and Malaysia. Indigenous peoples' young climate activists are at the forefront of the fight to prevent their forests from being cleared, which is crucial if we want to curb climate change.
Operation Dagsværk supports indigenous people's young climate activists. So, they are hosting a workshop to develop an understanding of struggle for land and human rights. Together, we will test one of their practices, naturally dyeing of fabric to make the most stunning and sustainable activist banners.
First of all, we have to plant-dye the fabric. You can hear about plant-dyeing as a sustainable practice of the Karen people in Thailand and see how they fold and dye their fabric in certain ways to bring out different patterns. All colours and patterns have a history that is connected with the way of life and traditions of the Karen people.
When the plant-dyed fabric is dry, we will paint the prettiest, most colourful banners the climate movement has ever seen! We will also come up with some solidarity climate activist messages. When the banners are finished, we will hang them in the Climate Pavilion where they can create joy and reflection for the rest of the festival.