Natalia Welzenbach-Marcu | July 24th, 2018
A recent UN Environment article highlighted some key players in the global fight for a clean and healthy environment, activists hailing from different nations across the world.
The ensemble of people includes Aida Isela Gonzalez Diaz from Mexico, Bobby Chan and Marivic Danyan from the Philippines, Samual Loware from Uganda, Fatima Babu from India, and many, many more. All of these environmentalists are fighting different battles, but the end goal is the same: to obtain a secure and independent future for themselves and their land.
The article comes after a disturbing bit of news that revealed the staggering amount of environmentalists who were killed for their beliefs in 2017. With the number in triple digits, it’s clear that fighting for the environment brings some serious consequences, especially for poorer activists who are fighting with the limited resources they have available to them.
Some of the biggest global players in the fight for a better environment are from indigenous communities, and the vulnerable state most indigenous people find themselves in economically and socially only increases their risk of being harassed, injured, or killed.
This past March, the UN launched the UN Environmental Initiative, a project aimed to educate people on their environmental rights and the steps they can take to defend their homes.