Trying to save the environment may be life-threatening. In recognition of this tragic reality, the Los Angeles Times is presently doing a series on environmental warriors. These brave souls, commonly indigenous people, are driven to nonviolent environmental activism in order to preserve their land, the ability to sustain themselves, and their very culture.

They are often killed with impunity.

May we honor the work and sacrifice of environmental warriors around the world, each striving to save their neck of the woods from corporate greed — while standing on the principles of environmental preservation for all of us. They are heroes.

Watch the LA Times for more environmental warrior stories to come.


December 22, 2017 – ‘Am I going to get out of here alive?’ In one of Africa’s most dangerous corners, a fight to the death for the elephants | Los Angeles Times

December 22, 2017 – ‘They should be thought of as heroes’: Why killings of environmental activists are rising globally | Los Angeles Times

December 27, 2017 – ‘If we’re attacked, we’ll die together,’ a 16-year-old anti-mining activist told her family. But when the bullets came, they killed only her | Los Angeles Times

More Material on Environmentalists Getting Killed

Last updated December 15, 2017 – The Defenders: 185 Environmental Defenders Have Been Killed so Far in 2017 | The Guardian

July 13, 2017 – 200 Environmentalists Were Murdered Last Year | National Geographic

July 13, 2017 – Defenders of the Earth | Global Witness

“Murder is just one of a range of tactics
used to silence
land and environmental defenders,
including death threats, arrests, sexual assault
and aggressive legal attacks.”
~ Global Witness

“Across the world people are being murdered, attacked and arrested for standing up to companies that want to take their land. A new Global Witness report has found that nearly four people a week were killed in 2016 fighting for their homes, their livelihoods and the land, forests and rivers we all depend on.” ~ Global Witness

Standing Rock Water Protectors Timeline

None of the U.S. Standing Rock Water Protectors were killed. (Murderers may not kill with impunity on American soil.) However, the protesters were severely harassed during the entirety of their nonviolent opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

This is not to say that North Dakota lawmakers, and their corporate donors, did not fantasize about killing Water Protectors. They actually introduced a bill to allow drivers to run over and kill environmental protesters without facing jail. The bill did not pass.

A timeline of all that Standing Rock did, and endured, has been made into a film:

Black Snake Killaz: A #NoDAPL Story

“Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story (120 mins) chronicles the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline from April 2016 through March 2017. The film highlights actions taken by water protectors to stop the construction of the oil pipeline and investigates actions taken by law enforcement, military, and corporate mercenaries to quell the months-long protest. Black Snake Killaz timelines the historical events that unfolded in Standing Rock and brings you a raw front line experience of direct actions. Although the Dakota Access Pipeline was completed, the impact of the resistance movement will be long-lasting. The importance of the water protectors’ story grows as fossil fuel extraction projects continue to impact some of the most vulnerable communities throughout the world.

Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story is one of the many stories that has emerged from the #NoDAPL movement. Unicorn Riot offers Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story as a public resource to provide a concise yet detailed account of these historical events.

Releasing this film licensed under creative commons non-commercial no-derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) is a privilege and a choice we made as an organization. This film is available to the public for free for non-profit educational purposes.”

~ Unicorn Riot


Heroes of the Environment

 

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