What images come to mind when you think of human rights? Pictures of torture, unjust detention, police brutality, political persecution? Or do you think about climate change? What about when you think of the environmental movement? Do you picture oceans, forests, whales, butterflies? Or do you think about people?
Although the environmental and human rights movements are sometimes perceived as two different things - especially in many developed countries like the United States - in much of the world they are closely intertwined.
Environment is Life: Voices of Human Rights Activists from Around the World celebrates Earth Day 2009 by bringing you stories from Ecuador, Jamaica, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania and more.
The interviews were recorded in March 2009 at the annual meeting of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide in Eugene, Oregon. Stay tuned to hub.witness.org/ELAWinterviews to see the full interviews of those featured in this video and of other advocates.
The images you see in this film are as diverse as the voices. They come from our partners in this collaborative project and from the WITNESS Media Archive, including:
* Burlington Resources in Ecuador (AmazonWatch)
* The Camisea Project: Risky Business (AmazonWatch)
* Never Wash Away
Now we want to hear from you: do environmental rights = human rights? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below or uploading your own video!