A toxic plant, mobilized villagers, and maps as a weapon for resistance



The villagers of Lakardowo (Mojokerto, Java East) used to go in secret to the office of environmental organisation Ecoton. “When [the women] first visited us to learn about environmental law and hazardous materials they had to lie to their family and neighbours. The men visited us at 10pm”. Riska, the youngest member of Ecoton, remembers the first contacts of the villagers with her team of militant biologists. It’s a few months now and she’s glad to see the villagers coming by day, ever more numerous, to elaborate with the CSO (civil society organisation) a strategy to address the problems they’ve been facing for six years.

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