50 years of ASEAN – Still waiting for social and ecological justice
Is ASEAN able to react to the social and ecological challenges by taking the interest of its people into account?
ASEAN turns 50. However, who has a reason to celebrate in times of shrinking spaces, foreign policy disputes and the ecological crisis? We look into realities of people in Southeast Asia behind ASEAN´s promises to be sustainable and people-oriented - and find that many are still waiting for social and ecological justice.
ASEAN as political community
Graphics: Sabine Hecher.
Series of photographs
Environment and sustainability
Within 50 years of existence, ASEAN has made progress on environmental policies – at least on paper. On the ground, paradigms around economic development and growth still shape realities of the people who find it literally harder and harder to breathe.
Forest fires and the haze, daily traffic routines and large-scale industry make the extent of environmental damage in Southeast Asia visible. In this podcast series of Johanna Son, we look behind ASEAN´s promises to be sustainable and people-oriented and find that the institution still falls short of social and ecological justice.
There are vulnerable segments of the population who are not being included or who are left behind in the integration process.