New research by Global Witness has uncovered an increase in the number of killings as tensions rise over protecting land and forests.
The authors estimate that more than 700 people have been killed in countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Philippines and Peru, but also suggest this could be much higher.
The killings in targeted attacks and violent clashes are as a result of protests, investigating or taking grievances against mining, logging and agriculture operations. Most of these deaths have come at the hands of police or military who have been employed by governments to protect private interests and investments.
It is shocking to hear that almost none of these killings have led to a conviction. Global Witness suggests it’s never been more important to protect the environment - and that it has never been more dangerous.
ActionAid has seen firsthand the consequence of the international competition for land for growing biofuels.
Government targets for increased biofuel use to fit our energy needs only encourages an massive international land-grab - as poor farmers are forced from their fields and into hunger, to make way for biofuel plantations.
Although the Global Witness research does not identify deaths associated with biofuels, ActionAid has uncovered killings in Guatemala associated with sugarcane production. Sugar cane is increasingly used for biofuel production.
Help stop the global land grab and the killings associated with this by signing our biofuels petition!