When we watch James Cameron’s Avatar, then we all know who we are rooting for – the indigenous Na’vi, whose land and natural wealth is being stripped away from them by those looking to make profits.
Yet, in the real world, the truth is quite different. Hundreds of environmentalists, natives and those caring for the natural wealth of the planet are killed across the world and that number only seems to be on the up.
Global Witness in its report titled ‘Deadly Environment’ says that at least two activists have been killed each week in the last few years and over 900 have been slaughtered while trying to fight for the planet’s cause.
That of course, is the official number and the reality might be a lot worse.
The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change did already warm the world of the catastrophic consequences of depleting resources and we seem to be heading their faster than we think.
Many say that the worst part of this industrialization is the branding of indigenous people as ‘anti-development’ lot, which makes the task of getting rid of them far easier!
Both Latin America and Asia-Pacific are the worst hit by this trend of impunity for big shots who bulldoze their way with guns and bullets.
Obviously, Africa is not too far behind on the list thanks to its rich natural wealth. Brazil though is undoubtedly the most dangerous place to be an environmentalist, according to the report.
The pro-industrial groups will tell you how the planet will not write you checks and how environmentalists do not pay for the taxes. But if we move forward at the rate that we do, there might not be an inhabitable planet left a few decades down the line!