'Deadliest year': Record number of land and environmental activists killed in 2019

Upper- advanced
2020/08/03 21:15

Today's Vocabulary

1.activists (n)
a person who believes strongly in political or social change and takes  part in activities such as public protests to try to make this happen


2. imprisonment (n)
the act of putting someone in prison or the condition of being kept in prison

3. violence (n) 
actions or words that are intended to hurt people

4. expertise (n) 
a high level of knowledge or skill

5. watchdog (n)
a person or organization responsible for making certain that companies obey  particular standards and do not act illegally

6. indigenous (adj) 
naturally existing in a place or country rather than arriving from another place

7. threat (n) 
a suggestion that something unpleasant or violent will happen, especially if a particular action or order is not followed

8. tackle (v) 
to try to deal  with something or someone

'Deadliest year': Record number of land and environmental activists killed in 2019

A record number of people were killed last year while trying to protect their land and the environment from carbon-intensive industries, according to new research highlighting the risks faced by activists on the frontlines of the climate crisis.

At least 212 land and environmental “defenders” were killed in 2019, according to an annual report by watchdog group Global Witness. 

Many are indigenous people trying to protect tribal land from illegal logging. In other corners of the world, mining and oil and gas drilling are cited as drivers of the rising violence .

“Just at this moment when the voices of these activists are needed more than ever to help us decide how we’re going to have a green recovery after the pandemic, how we’re going to tackle climate change, they’re facing attacks.

“They’re facing the threat of imprisonment, and they’re facing murders in higher numbers than ever.”

Whether they’re tribal leaders in Brazil, student protesters or community organizers opposing mining projects in Colombia, “there are a whole range of often ordinary people, but with extraordinary expertise and activism,” said Leather.

“Often they’re calling out big businesses that are carrying out abuses, some of whom have European investments,” he added, urging governments to protect these activists and bring their attackers to justice.

“We’re also calling on the EU and others to put in place regulations to make sure that their businesses aren’t associated with these kinds of threats and attacks,” he said.

Resource: https://www.euronews.com/2020/07/30/deadliest-year-record-number-of-land-and-environmental-activists-killed-in-2019

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead