In search of justice for unsung heroes – The Vacaville Reporter


Over time, it becomes extremely difficult to continue to write about the slaughter of sentient creatures by the animal exploitation industries and the many environmental activists who are blatantly murdered for their heroic efforts to protect the environment and its people. .

The security and well-being of the planet has worsened as we continue to witness the numerous weather disasters around the world and the constant migration of frantic and desperate people traveling thousands of miles in search of healthy environments that can provide food and water for sustainability.

This man-made crisis – climate change – has been predicted for decades, but the terrible warnings have been deliberately ignored by irrational and thoughtless world leaders who, instead, enable, promote and facilitate the damaging businesses that destroy. continually our land for profit.

Progress has been made with the Paris Agreement, a legally binding international treaty created to curb global warming. It was adopted by 196 Parties in Paris on December 12, 2015, signed on April 22, 2016 and entered into force on November 4, 2016.

The United States withdrew from this landmark in 2017, but re-established participation earlier this year.

Without active environmentalists and journalists, we would never know the irreparable damage that industry predators cause.

In recent years, alarming reports of the growing number of activists and journalists around the world murdered for exposing environmental crimes have not deterred an industry determined to pursue its greedy interests.

It is heartbreaking to reflect on the consequences of lost lives and the phycological ramifications for family members, friends and peers left in grief and the failure of justice.

According to Reporters Without Borders, in 2020, 50 journalists were killed around the world – 84% of them were intentionally targeted.

As of December 14 of last year, 387 international journalists were detained for their work; some covered civic and environmental events.

Global Witness.org recently reported that in 2020, 224 environmental activists were murdered around the world. Earlier this year, they reported that an average of four conservationists were killed each week.

It is important to recognize that the new strict restrictions on journalists further limit their access to civic violations and to environmental and humanitarian reporting.

Currently, there are persistent and violent attacks against those who oppose the destruction of the rainforests of Brazil, Nicaragua, Peru, the Philippines, Thailand and more.

The main source of the many crimes against the environment and its inhabitants has been attributed to hydroelectric dams, intercontinental logging, mining and the cultivation of cattle ranching created by clearcutting forests. to obtain grazing space.

In Mexico, Oscar Eyraud Adams was assassinated for opposing an industry to extract water from around Baja. Oscar was one of many indigenous people murdered in 2020 for defending the right to protect the lands of their ancestors from predatory industries.

Environmental activists are continually threatened and endangered in Guapinol, Honduras, where countless water advocates have been arrested and harassed for protecting their water in an area protected from an iron oxide mining concession granted by the central government.

Countless numbers of water advocates are continuously isolated in prison for defending drinking water sources. Instead of justice being served to the stewards of a healthy planet, world leaders continue to bow to big business as victims of environmental justice continue to perish. Countless deaths go unreported.

Those reported to law enforcement around the world in 2020 are as follows:

Colombia (65), Mexico (30), Philippines (29), Brazil (20), Honduras (17), DR Congo (15), Guatemala (12), Peru (6), India (4), Indonesia (3) , South Africa (3), Thailand (2), Saudi Arabia (3), Sri Lanka (1), Nepal (3), Canada (1), Costa Rica (1), Uganda (1), Iraq (1) , Argentina (1), Kiribati (1).

The number of these murders is appalling, as is the lack of justice served on their behalf.

In Colombia, a third of the 65 murdered were indigenous and Afro-descendant, and half of them were small farmers who cultivated the land to feed their villages.

The United Nations must wake up and take the lead in this environmental and humanitarian crisis. People have the absolute right to live in and protect healthy and safe environments that support all life.

Big corporations, executives and financial institutions must be held accountable for the death and destruction they inflict on the innocent. All those who associate themselves with such a crime must also be taken to task and prosecuted to the maximum.

We no longer live in the 1900s. Action must be taken now!

– The author is the founder of the Harmony Kennels Foundation, a 501 (C) 3 non-profit educational organization. Write to him at: PO Box 5112, Vacaville, CA 95696, or by e-mail at: [email protected]

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