###Coal mining corporations, with help from governments, continue aquire precious, even ancient #forests either forcefully or through manipulation of forest and land right laws in developing countries. They offer hundreds and thousands of dollars to forest dependent communities, just to take over and destroy the forests. The question is, can you really put a price on forests?
Communities in countries like Indonesia, India, regions around the Amazon rainforest continue to resist the full force of government and corporate take over of their revered forests. They suffer all kinds of injustices that never make it to the news, but it doesn’t break their spirit. They know the value of what they protect more than those who want to destroy it.
The story of Ayal Kasal from Borneo is an example of this spirit. As a chief of his #community, Ayal was offered $200,000 for the community land by one of Indonesia’s largest coal mining companies. He refused because he had seen other communities that had sold their land and heard their stories.
In Forest of Fortune, Ayal tells us why he refused to give away his land to the coal mining company. Only if our so-called world leaders had the courage and wisdom of Ayal.
Watch A Forest of Fortune by The Source Project.
A Forest of Fortune ~ Borneo, IndonesiaA Forest of Fortune is a film about managed agro-forestry in Borneo where coal mines are ripping through the island.Ayal Kasal chief of a community was offered $200,000 for the community land by one of Indonesia’s largest coal mining companies. Ayal knew better. He had seen other communities that had sold their land and heard their stories. In this short film, he explains the reasoning behind his decision and his philosophy that puts his community and their future generations at the centre of his planning.The Source Project tweet