Second Environmentalist Prizewinner Murdered In A Year

Anti-logging activist Isidro Baldenegro, 39, in jail, speaks to a reporter at Parral prison, 300 miles south of the U.S border in Mexico, May 31, 2003. Baldenegro, 39, was arrested on March 29. He said state police showed up at his house asking him about his activism; he has led about 400 Indians in his village of Coloradas de la Virgen to protect their land and stop logging.
Anti-logging activist Isidro Baldenegro speaks to a reporter in prison in 2009. Baldenegro was murdered this month, making him the second winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize to be killed over a 12 month period. Pablo Aneli / AP Photo
Anti-logging activist Isidro Baldenegro, 39, in jail, speaks to a reporter at Parral prison, 300 miles south of the U.S border in Mexico, May 31, 2003. Baldenegro, 39, was arrested on March 29. He said state police showed up at his house asking him about his activism; he has led about 400 Indians in his village of Coloradas de la Virgen to protect their land and stop logging.
Anti-logging activist Isidro Baldenegro speaks to a reporter in prison in 2009. Baldenegro was murdered this month, making him the second winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize to be killed over a 12 month period. Pablo Aneli / AP Photo

Second Environmentalist Prizewinner Murdered In A Year

Isidro Baldenegro López, a Mexican anti-logging activist, was shot dead this month, making him the second Goldman Environmental Prize winning environmentalist to be murdered in the last year. Honduran anti-dam campaigner Berta Cáceres was gunned down in March.

According to the UK-based NGO Global Witness, last year was the most dangerous for environmental activists. 185 were murdered, half of which were indigenous people.

We talk about how environmental activism has been shaped by changing social, political and economic circumstances with Global Witness’ Ben Leather.