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Potřebujeme Mezinárodní trestní soud pro ochranu životního prostředí

NAIROBI – Oznámení vítězů letošních Goldman Environmental Prize je příležitostí k oslavě aktivistů. Je to ale také moment k uvědomění si, kolik odvahy jejich (těch mnoha dalších) snaha vyžaduje.

Když jsme spolu s mou dobrou kamarádkou Bertou Cácares v roce 2015 tuto cenu vyhráli, řekla Berta v jejím děkovném projevu: “Svůj život jsem zasvětila službě pro matku Zemi.“ Nedlouho poté byla Berta zavražděna v Hondurasu. Její příběh je tragický, ale není jedinečný. Jen o pár měsíců později byl zastřelen další nositel Goldman Environmental Prize, Isidro Baldenegro López.

Ještě nebyla nebezpečnější doba pro to být ekologickým aktivistou. Vezměme například násilí, které se rozpoutalo proti ochráncům životního prostředí protestujícím proti dakotskému přístupovému potrubí ve Spojených státech. Policie byla obviněna z nadměrného užití síly při snaze rozptýlit dav členů kmenu Siouxů Standing Tribe a jejich příznivců, kteří argumentovali, že projekt kontaminuje vodu a zničí posvátná pohřebiště.

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