19 Jun '12, 11pm

At Least One Environmental Activist is Killed Every Week

At Least One Environmental Activist is Killed Every Week

We rich nation-dwelling greens are often unawares, at least on a visceral level, to just how dangerous practicing activism in more corrupt countries can be. And we respect the boldness of figures like Tim DeChristopher, who's now serving a two-year jail sentence for disrupting a land auction, and rightfully so, but we likely can't name a single one of the many Brazilian environmentalists who've been killed trying to halt deforestation in the rain forest. Underlining this grim truth is a new report from Global Witness , which finds that it's more dangerous than ever to be an environmental activist. The study finds that in 2011, environmentalists worldwide were killed at an average rate of one per week. The Guardian reports : The death toll of campaigners, community leaders and journalists involved in the protection of forests, rivers and land has risen dramatically in the p...

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