Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Tag: Disturbing New Report Reveals How Many Environmental Activists Are Murdered Each Week

Disturbing New Report Reveals How Many Environmental Activists Are Murdered Each Week

by Julia Conley, Activist Post:

The fight to protect land, homes, livelihoods, and wildlife from destructive, pollution-causing industries turned deadly for more than 160 environmental defenders in 2018, international human rights group Global Witness revealed Monday night in a new report.

Organizers campaigning against the destruction of the environment face governments, contract killers, and private security firms trying to stop them—sometimes working together. In total, 164 people were murdered last year while fighting such forces as the mining, logging, and agribusiness industries from taking over swathes of ancestral lands, communities, and natural habitats.