Standing firm the land and environmental defenders on the frontlines of the climate crisis

At least 177 land and environmental defenders were killed last year for trying to protect the planet – one person every other day - according to this new report by Global Witness. The new figures bring the total number of defender killings up to 1,910 between 2012 and 2022.

The findings come ahead of world governments convening at COP28 in UAE in November, where states will take stock of the progress made in implementing the historic Paris Agreement established in 2015. The new Global Witness report emphasizes the crucial role that defenders play in advocating for and achieving climate justice, yet highlights that at least 1,390 defenders were killed between the adoption of the historic climate Agreement on 12 December 2015 and 31 December 2022.