Latin America: the most dangerous place to fight for the environment

Sadly, this is the hidden side of “Earth Day,” courageous activists that give their lives for the future of the planet we all called Home.

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What is this world of us where standing by your ideals turns out to be an extremely risky and dangerous game.

ChotaEdwin Chota, leader of Alto Tamaya-Saweto, a community in Peru’s Amazon Ucayali region, dreamed of a borderland Amazonian forest with indigenous people thriving alongside the region’s biodiversity. He envisioned a new generation of indigenous families living in peace, teaching others how to protect and use the forest leading the way towards a more sustainable Amazon.

He fought for his people’s right to gain titles to their land and expel illegal loggers who were indiscriminately exploiting the natural resources (specially timber) of the community and the forests.

Last 2014, just months before Peru hosted talks on forest protection at the UN climate conference in Lima, the bodies of Edwin Chota and his colleagues Jorge Ríos Pérez, Leoncio Quinticima, and Francisco Pinedo were discovered deep within the Peruvian rainforest.  Illegal loggers…

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