Historic treaty to protect environmental crusaders

Sep 28, 2018, 7:55 AM EDT
(Source: Fibonacci Blue/flickr)
(Source: Fibonacci Blue/flickr)

Last year, four environmental defenders were killed every week and over half of these deaths were recorded in Latin America, which shows the precarious security conditions for those who raise voice to protect the nature.

In a step that will renew hope, enthusiasm, determination and courage in the environmental crusaders, 12 Latin American countries have signed a historic, first-of-its-kind treaty, the Escazú Agreement, at the U.N. General Assembly session, notes Earther.

The agreement requires the signatories to take concrete steps towards creating safer environments for activists at risk and seriously investigate matters involving threats along with setting up an apparatus to ensure public participation in decision-making in projects that impact the environment, reports Jamaica Observer.