Berta Cáceres won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize for defending the environment–she led her Central American indigenous community in protesting a hydro-electric dam project. After numerous threats of kidnapping and death, she was shot dead in her Honduras home in March.
∼ Fatal gunshots rang out in Honduras, echoing across media channels, a tragic event, an activist shot, a senseless death for all to mourn. Berta Cáceres: honored activist took aim against a hydro dam, championed indigenous rights, Defended her home, a spirit river. Berta Cáceres: fearless, strong, led the Lenca people's protest, hearing threats to life and freedom, Bold defender, they shot her down. May her death become symbolic of heinous crimes across the world, killing stewards of nature spaces, silencing those who care. True heroes, friends of the earth: those who challenge industry are not intimidated by guns, bulldozers nor political clout. People refusing to move away from native soil, birthplace and roots,for centuries have tended their homes, Preserving the planet for us all. ∼
For an excellent video honoring Berta Cáceres after she won the Goldman Environmental Prize last year, please visit here.
Global Witness, a London non-profit organization, reports:
- in 2014, there were 116 documented killings of environmental activists worldwide;
- 3/4 of the murders were in Central and South America
- 40% of the victims were indigenous people.
This post emerged after I pondered the Secretkeeper Weekly Writing Prompt #32 words: | SPACE | FRIEND | EVENT | MOVE | AIM.
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