The Philippines is among the most dangerous countries in the world for environmental defenders. In their struggle to protect the environment and their communities, green activists in this Southeast Asian country have faced a wide array of threats and harassment. While hundreds have been killed for their advocacy, it has not diminished the struggle for environmental rights and justice in the country. This podcast sheds light on the state of environmental defenders in the Philippines through stories from a leader of a group monitoring the attacks and a daughter of a prominent activist who was assassinated nearly a decade ago. Together, their narratives paint a picture of what it means to strive to protect ecosystems in a time of planetary and human rights crises.
Research, interviews, and script by Jhesset Thrina Enano
Special thanks to Yeo Siew Hua, Dan Koh, Anna Lovecchio, and Luis Adrian Hidalgo.