HELP SAVE PREY LANG. IT’S YOUR FOREST, TOO.
If you have only 5 minutes: Sign the Global Online Petition
Add your voice today to help save Prey Lang Forest. Everyday more of the forest is destroyed and families are displaced by illegal logging, agro-industrial plantations, and mines. Join the Prey Lang Network of indigenous Kuy communities in calling for Prey Lang’s protection and sustainable management. Prey Lang is the last large primary forest of its kind on the Indochinese peninsula. As one Cambodia’s most important remaining watersheds, it supports the food, water, and livelihoods for hundreds of thousands of people. Prey Lang provides habitat for as many as 50 endangered species and is a powerhouse to fight climate change. Prey Lang is YOUR forest, too.
If you have 20 minutes: Write a Letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen
To join EarthAction’s global letter-writing campaign to save Prey Lang, please go to:
EarthAction’s mission is to inform and inspire people everywhere to turn their concern, passion and outrage into meaningful action for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.
If you have an hour: Make a Video to Support Prey Lang
You can support Prey Lang and the Prey Lang Network by making a short video to be used as part of the campaign to protect Prey Lang. Your video will be one of many from Cambodia and around the world, giving a human face to the fight for Prey Lang. The “Prey Lang is My Forest Too” movement will attract attention to the fate of Prey Lang Forest, while tying together the human stories of the indigenous people of Prey Lang with people around the world. This campaign is designed to take advantage of easily accessible media technologies, and give Prey Lang a seat in a global debate about forests, human rights and climate change.
How to Make Your Own “Prey Lang, It’s My Forest Too” Video
You may need a friend. Your friend will help you film your short story and film you speaking to the camera. You can also film a group of people, it’s up to you. 1. Find a good location to film. Try and find an interesting location, one that can convey something about where you live (for example outside your house, in your garden, on a village street, with your family, standing next to a tree, sitting by a stream etc.) 2. Find somewhere comfortable to stand and get your friend to set up the camera about 1-2 meters away from you. Make sure where you are standing is well lit and is quiet. 3. Have your friend press record. Now speaking directly to camera say:
- Your name
- Your age (optional for those of you who are shy about this!)
- And/or your profession or something else that identifies you (student, girl/boy scout, etc.) and
- Where you live. (If you are a student, it would also be good to say where you go to school.)
4. Answer ONEof the following questions, either/or:
- Why are forests important to you?
- What the effects of forests being cut down?
- Why are you worried about forests being cut down?
Try and include the question in the answer (for example: The forest is important to me because…. OR When forests are cut down….. OR I am worried about forests being cut down because….) Don’t be afraid to be creative. You could make your video into a song and dance, a poem, a pantomime or brief skit. You can use props and costumes, if you like. 5. To close your video, say: “Prey Lang, It’s my forest too.” Or if you are a group, you say “Prey Lang, it’s our forest, too.” 6. After you say, “Prey Lang, it’s our forest, too,” your friend should stop recording. 7. Now your video is completed you need to send it to us. To do this you will need a computer and access to the internet. Using your camera (video, stills or phone) and the appropriate cable download your video to a computer. 8. Now upload it to your youtube account and tag and subscribe to the campaign’s channel: preylangitsmyforest. Your video will now be available for all to see on youtube and the Prey Lang webpage. -or- If you do not have a youtube account send your video to email@example.com 9. Tell your friends about your video. Post the link on your Facebook page or blog or send it to them by email. If you send by email it may be 24 hours before you can view it online. 10. Encourage your friends to make their own “Prey Lang, it’s our forest, too” videos. Tell them about Prey Lang and give them a copy of these directions.
If you have a day:
Host a “Prey Lang, It’s Our Forest Too” party or workshop.
- Make your party “Avatar”-themed: Encourage partiers to come in Avatar costume OR provide blue paint for on-the-spot transformations of your partiers to Avatars. Show all or part of the Avatar film.
- Tell your friends about Prey Lang, using materials found on the website. Discuss how the situation in Prey Lang is like that in the Avatar film. Discuss ways to help.
- Show them your own It’s My Forest Too video.
- Encourage your friends to work alone, in pairs, or in groups to think of creative ideas for their own videos. Encourage folks
- Have cameras available for filming. Upload videos on the spot and then watch them back together.
- While they’re at the party, have a computer available for folks to sign the online petition.
- Set up a “letter-writing” station at which participants can also write a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sun, as part of the EarthAction Campaign.
- Brainstorm other ways you can help save Prey Lang.