A tribute to assassinated Environmentalists

“She’s Alive” is a must-watch video

In Barbados we’ve seen for ourselves what happens when corrupt politicians and their developer friends want to turn public lands into private profits: they just do it. If laws stand in their way, they change the laws. Look at what happened to the Graeme Hall Wetlands and two National Parks.

If citizens stand in their way, activists are marginalized by whatever means the government thinks it can get away with. Sometimes that means using tax audits and agriculture inspections to communicate the government’s displeasure to an environmental activist. A tax audit or threats to shut down their business usually shuts people up. If the activist has a lighter shade of skin then a Minister of Government can declare on television that the opponent should be ignored because they are “Caucasian”, “rich and white” or “white plantocracy”. Sometimes three cane fields mysteriously burn three weekends in a row. Just ask “Caucasian Male” environmental activist Richard Goddard about all that.

If some of the land the government and their developer friends want is privately held, the government expropriates the land and very often doesn’t pay the owner. Then the land is transferred to “private concerns” for development. By strange coincidence, sometimes a Government Minister ends up living on the expropriated and never paid for land. Just ask Gline Clarke.

I don’t think we’ve had any Bajan activists murdered or beaten over environmental concerns, but there have been threats, incidents, break-ins and arson over environmental, political and social activism. Just ask Adrian Loveridge, Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner and a host of other folks on this island.

The video “She’s Alive” is not only stunning and beautiful, it reminds us that standing up for a just cause can be dangerous when evil and powerful persons want their profits and don’t care about anything else.

Partial List of Assassinated Environmentalists

Chico Mendes – 1988
Ken Sarowiwa (Saro-Wiwa) – 1995
Dian Fossy – 1985
Joan Root – 2006
P.D. Majhi – 2007
Amit Jethwa – 2010

(Thanks to an old friend for suggesting this powerful video.)

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3 responses to “A tribute to assassinated Environmentalists

  1. akabozik

    That is a “stunning” film. BFP did you know that the government has finally abandoned building a dump at Greenland in the Scotland district? We can thank one man: Richard Goddard. They burned his cane, they called him names, they called him names and persecuted his business and employees.

    GODDARD IS A TOUGH OLD BUGGER! He did not waver.

    Every Bajan owes Richard Goddard a debt. The BLP Environment Minister Elizabeth Thompson owes us about $150 Million Dollars for her failures over Greenland.

  2. barbadian

    The harder they come the harder they fall one and all

  3. Bob Marley say

    What is happening with the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary? Are the lawsuits still flying everywhere? Is the government still dumping raw sewage into the nature sanctuary? Has the sea gate been repaired?

    Why oh why doesn’t the press tell us. Everybody knows there’s trouble and they haven’t reported a thing in the papers.