03 October 2019
Book Talk & Film Screening: Last Days of the Mighty Mekong
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Book Talk and Film Screening:

Last Days of the Mighty Mekong
3 October 2019 13.00 – 15.00

at the Subaltern Meeting Room, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University

13.00 - 14.15 Book Talk: “Last Days of the Mighty Mekong” by Brian Eyler

14.15 - 15.00 Documentary screening: “Can Solar Power Save the Mekong ?” by Tom Fawthrop, Eureka Films

About the book: Last Days of the Mighty Mekong

Celebrated for its natural beauty and its abundance of wildlife, the Mekong river runs thousands of miles through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Its basin is home to more than 70 million people and has for centuries been one of the world's richest agricultural areas and a biodynamic wonder. Today, however, it is undergoing profound changes. Development policies, led by a rising China in particular, aim to interconnect the region and urbanize the inhabitants. And a series of dams will harness the river's energy, while also stymieing its natural cycles and cutting off food supplies for swathes of the population.

In Last Days of the Mighty Mekong, Brian Eyler travels from the river's headwaters in China to its delta in southern Vietnam to explore its modern evolution. Along the way he meets the region’s diverse peoples, from villagers to community leaders, politicians to policy makers. Through conversations with them he reveals the urgent struggle to save the Mekong and its unique ecosystem.

About the film: Can Solar Power Save the Mekong ?”

The damming of the Mekong has already disrupted the free flow of the river regime, caused erratic fluctuations in water levels and posed a massive threat to the entire eco-system. But the question is constantly posed – if we stop hydropower projects and coal, what then is the energy alternative?

In this film about the plan to build a second dam on the Lower Mekong the Pak Beng dam, we look at the opposition to the dam and the emergence of renewable energy as the 21st century technology alternative now widely embraced around the globe.
This can be a sound development strategy that helps to save the Mekong and its huge natural assets, including the world’s largest freshwater fisheries. And at the same time the protection of healthy rivers also plays a key role in helping to combat and reduce climate change.