Dumpster Diving in Semakau: Retrieving Indigenous Histories

Think of landfills and it might conjure the image of mountains of trash piled together in a wasteland. But that is not the case in Pulau Semakau, Singapore’s landfill that boasts a diverse ecosystem of wildlife, corals, and greenery. So what could possibly be wrong with Singapore’s celebrated eco-dump?

Fu Xiyao describes the environmental costs of Semakau by unearthing the indigenous histories, livelihoods and knowledge systems that were sacrificed for a technocratic environmental solution. She calls for future environmental management to incorporate indigenous experiences and perspectives in order to restore care for our island.

How much accountability do we have for our impact on the environment when sand mining from our neighbouring countries devastates their ecosystems?

What are some changes that we might make in order to cultivate a culture of care in the way we treat our local environment?

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