Upcoming Seminar: Protecting the Protectors: Addressing the Crisis of Attacks on Environmental Defenders

admin - 20th March 2018

Thursday, April 12,2018

3:00 PM-4:30 PM (followed by informal drinks)

 Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street, Oxford


Four Environmental Defenders are — on average — killed every week. Indigenous People bear the brunt of these attacks, and women face particular threats; environment and land defenders in all parts of the world are increasingly threatened by violence. This violence is part of an intensifying global crackdown on civil society, threatening social entrepreneurs, activists and all who protect environmental and human rights.

We will hear directly from Environmental Defenders about the challenges and risks they face.  We will examine root causes of the violence, including state and corporate responsibility. Join us in an interactive discussion to explore how to advance collective and scalable security and resilience. With environmental and land rights activists and allies, we will learn about the continuum of approaches to security, from individual strategies for the social changemaker to collective, movement-based approaches that address the root causes, and share new collaborative funding models.


Claudelice Silva dos Santosforest defender from Pará, Brazil, sister of murdered forest activists José Claudio Ribeiro da Silva and Maria do Espírito Santo

Odigha Odigha, Founder and Director, Coalition for the Environment, Nigeria, Goldman Prizewinner 2003

Patrick Alley, Founder, Global Witness

Alison Wright, Environmental Defenders Fund

Rajasvini Bhansali, Executive Director, Thousand Currents

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