Welcome to this week’s edition of CentAm Curator.
We are having an uncommonly hot and dry season, whether it be summer in the Northern hemisphere or the rainy season in Central America. In the middle of this canícula, I can’t help but think of the effect of climate change on our ecosystems and the people who are killed defending the environment.
According to Global Witness
, 207 people were murdered in 2017 for trying to protect their soil, water and land from extractive and polluting industries. Twelve of them hailed from Central America.
Agribusiness – literally, “the business of agriculture” – along with local governments are most linked to these attacks. When people stand up against large-scale projects of coffee, palm oil and banana industries, their lives are at risk. It’s clear that corporations and governments need to be held accountable for this violence.
These conflicts of interest beg the question of how to advance economic development in Latin America while respecting natural ecosystems as well as human and indigenous peoples’ rights.