Environmental Defenders Under Attack: Second Goldman Prize Winner Killed in Less Than a Year

By Bethany N. Bella Despite recent press coverage about the violence against international environmental defenders, another prominent figure has been murdered in cold blood. On Sunday, January 15, 2017, world-renowned environmental activist Isidro Baldenegro López was killed in his uncle’s home in northern Mexico by a gunman, according to the local prosecutor’s report. He wasContinue reading “Environmental Defenders Under Attack: Second Goldman Prize Winner Killed in Less Than a Year”

Environmental Defenders Are Being Murdered at an Unprecedented Rate, Says UN Special Rapporteur

By Bethany N. Bella & Geoffrey D. Dabelko The Earth’s front-line defenders are disappearing at an astonishing rate. On average three environmental activists were killed each week in 2015, according to a recent report from the United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. Global Witness, an international NGO that documents naturalContinue reading “Environmental Defenders Are Being Murdered at an Unprecedented Rate, Says UN Special Rapporteur”

The Future of Environmental Politics and Communication: A First of Many Conversations

Since the results of the 2016 United States presidential election, many students at Ohio University are concerned about the direction of their future careers. Conversations in environmental studies classes in particular have left students “clambering for more” — more spaces and more opportunities to openly discuss what the future may hold for those pursuing aContinue reading “The Future of Environmental Politics and Communication: A First of Many Conversations”

As Ivory Becomes Bigger Issue, Environmental Peacebuilding Gaining Ground at IUCN World Congress

A traditional conservation approach to climate change (e.g., habitat restoration, species protection) has been a primary tenet of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) agenda for decades. But this fall at the quadrennial World Conservation Congress in Hawai’i there were new discussions about tackling climate change in the context of national security andContinue reading “As Ivory Becomes Bigger Issue, Environmental Peacebuilding Gaining Ground at IUCN World Congress”

“Time for Action”: A 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress Preview With Inger Andersen

“The time for talk is done; it is now the time for action,” says Inger Andersen, director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in an interview before the 2016 World Conservation Congress.   The planet’s climate is changing and its diverse species are disappearing while whole ecosystems threaten to unravel from their natural equilibriums. The EarthContinue reading ““Time for Action”: A 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress Preview With Inger Andersen”