Opinion, by Alfonso Stefanini

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Dorothy Stang, the 73-year-old American killed in the Amazon Basin in 2005, is remembered by a famous picture where she wore a shirt saying "the death of the forest is the end of our lives." Chico Mendes, Brazil's most famous environmentalist who fought for human rights and environmental protection in places far away from the public eye, was assassinated years earlier, in 1988.

Many other unknown activists have been killed since, and I am afraid to say many more deaths will follow. Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed? Login Here