About Environmental Defenders
The defenders of the environment are those who are on the frontlines of the struggle to protect what is left of our planet.
-They are brave.
-They love their families.
-They care about their communities.
-They do not buy into the notion that “progress” should be pursued at all cost.
-They recognize the beauty and importance of the world we live in.
-They are our conscience.
Environmental defenders aren’t a group of like-minded individuals, their views and backgrounds are diverse. However, they do share one thing in common: they are all exemplary humans. Although countries around the world frequently memorialize those who are exemplary, environmental defenders are often ignored and forgotten. Today, you are remembering them. You are listening to the echoes of their struggle and considering the significance of their sacrifice.
Our planet badly needs the strength of other defenders. Without them, business as usual will continue--far too unrestrained to provide us hope that future generations will inherit a healthier and more beautiful planet. For this reason their actions and examples are critical. They remind us of our humanity and our connection to all living things. They remind us that we’re all one. Their struggle was not, and is not, for nothing; it’s for everything. Their actions won’t be forgotten, they will be celebrated.