The Revelator: 197 Died Last Year Defending the Planet
At least 197 environmental activists died in 2017, an average of nearly four per week, The Revelator reports. Brazil, Colombia, the Philippines and Mexico were the deadliest places for those working to protect wildlife and wildlands. One of the most infamous cases was the January 2017 murder of Isidro Baldenegro Lopez, an indigenous activist standing up against illegal logging.
This year is already off to a sad start: Three Cambodian rangers and law-enforcement officers were killed last week after finding an illegal logging camp. And just this weekend, Esmond Bradley Martin, an investigator in the illegal ivory trade, was murdered in his home in Kenya.
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