Killing environmental defenders

Posted on: Sun 5 Jan 2020

Killings of environmental defenders have doubled over the past 15 years to reach levels usually associated with war zones, according to a study that reveals how murders of activists are concentrated in countries with the worst corruption and weakest laws.

The study attempts to identify the most important drivers for the murders of environmental and land defenders.

To examine this issue Barometer’s Des Lawrence speaks to one of the study’s authors, Dr Nathalie Butt from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland.

More than 1,700 activists have been killed this century defending the environment

Produced by Des Lawrence

Wiki image: Honduran Indigenous environmentalist Berta Caceres who was killed in March 2016 (Daniel Cima)



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