In 2019, a record number of 212 environmentalists were killed, according to the annual report by the British human rights organization Global Witness, on Wednesday. Since the Paris climate convention in 2015, an average of more than four environmentalists have been murdered every week.
That writes The Guardian . Most victims were in Colombia (64) and the Philippines (48). In Europe, the organization had the fewest casualties: two Romanian foresters were murdered for resisting logging in the country.
Most of the murders went unpunished, emphasizes Global Witness. In addition, the organization estimates that the actual number of murdered environmentalists is likely to be many times higher, as not all murders are documented as such.
Many people have fallen victim to mining, especially the report. There were also casualties among environmentalists who opposed agriculture, logging and environmental abuse by criminal groups.