Not just the current generation’s outdoor experiences, but environment defenders preserve experiences for future generations … and the earth itself.

Environment defenders preserve our experiences with grave danger to themselves and theirs. Who, where, why, and what can you do to help? From our perspective, two different groups of defenders need to be recognized and supported in any way you can. Do your part to help preserve our environment, our planet. Inaction = enablement of environment destruction and defender deaths.

How violent, how much life denying risk? Read this: Every two days, a land defender is killed. Most are Indigenous. | Grist. Even the US State Department weighed in recently – post

The defenders preserve our experiences

These folks stand on the front lines between destruction and preservation. Often defenders are courageous indigenous everyday people standing between unbridled environmental destruction and a sustainable environment. Sadly, they are increasingly becoming the targets of the violence against environmental protection. They often pay dearly for their efforts. Even more troubling, defenders’ home government often deliver the violence, or support those who do.

QUOTE -> The UN defines defenders as “individuals and groups who, in their personal or professional capacity and in a peaceful manner, strive to protect and promote human rights relating to the environment, including water, air, land, flora and fauna”.


Defenders of the defenders

Typically, the defenders of the defenders are non-profit organizations, large and small working to support, enable and protect the environment defenders. Their missions typically includes fund raising, advocacy, and physical & cyber security for environment defenders.

Below is a short list of organizations building networks of defenders of the defenders. Organizations will be added as found and reviewed.

OrganizationAbout itPointer
Alliance for Land, Indigenous, and Environmental Defenders.
ALLIED works to build protection skills among defenders, strengthen government and business safeguards for defenders, and protect civil society actors who are addressing root causes of threats and attacks on defenders.Allied Global
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)UNEP’s current work under the Environmental Rights Initiative brings environmental protection nearer to people by assisting state and non-state actors to promote, protect and respect environmental rights. Key to these efforts is capacitating stakeholders in this field and supporting their work.United Nations Environment Programme
Global WitnessWe want justice for those disproportionately affected by the climate crisis: people in the global south, indigenous communities and communities of colour, women and younger generations. We want corporations to respect the planet and human rights, governments to protect and listen to their citizens, and the online world to be free from misinformation and hate. Global Witness
Earthrights InternationalEarthRights is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that combines the power of law with the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, which we define as “earth rights.” We take legal action against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, train activists, and work with communities to demand meaningful and lasting change. We are a team of community leaders, campaigners, and legal strategists who challenge the powerful corporations, governments, and financial institutions that violate peoples’ rights and destroy our planet for profit.Earthrights
ELAWThe Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) helps communities speak out for clean air, clean water, and a healthy planet. We are a global alliance of attorneys, scientists and other advocates collaborating across borders to promote grassroots efforts to build a sustainable, just future. ELAW advocates, working in their home countries, know best how to protect the environment. By giving our partners the legal and scientific support they need, ELAW helps challenge environmental abuses and builds a worldwide corps of skilled, committed advocates working to protect ecosystems and communities for generations to come.ELAW
African Environmental DefendersAfrican Environmental Defenders supports environmental and land defenders who find themselves in emergency situations due to the nature of their work by providing emergency funding.AEDF
Updated 10-26-22