RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In Colombia and Mexico, defending the environment has become almost a death sentence: the two countries register the highest number of murders of environmental defenders in the world, with 65 and 30 homicides in 2020, respectively, according to a study published Monday by Global Witness.
The organization also points to 2020 as the deadliest year since it has been keeping count, with 227 murders of environmental leaders across the planet, meaning, on average, four leaders killed per week and surpassing 2019's record of 212 violent deaths.
Instead of reducing crimes, the pandemic made defenders an . . .