Best of Landscape News 2020: Rights

Our pick of this year’s top stories

A mural on the "Center for the Historical Memory of Women", which was started by Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez, a Guatemalan Indigenous human rights activist, to commemorate the mainly indigenous victims of violence between the military and guerrilla fighters. UN Women, Flickr
28 December 2020
28 December 2020

The fight for a safe and healthy environment is also a fight for justice and equity. The story of global development has too often involved depriving local communities of their land, culture or safety for the sake of maximizing commercial profit. Landscape News presents here some of this year’s best pieces highlighting how individuals, from Indigenous peoples to young activists, are taking a stand to create a better world.

Why global food systems should resemble those of the Indigenous Peoples

Lessons for more resilient and sustainable food systems

Un miembro de la comunidad indígena Nueva Ahuaypa (Perú) junto a un árbol de su parcela, la cual sigue el modelo agroforestal. Juan Carlos Huayllabamba, CIFOR
Un miembro de la comunidad indígena Nueva Ahuaypa (Perú) junto a un árbol de su parcela, la cual sigue el modelo agroforestal. Juan Carlos Huayllabamba, CIFOR

4 questions with Melina Sakiyama – and 3 pieces of advice for all young conservationists

The Midori Prize winner on the role of youth in saving global biodiversity

Planting on a farm in São Paolo, Brazil, where Sakiyama spent her youth. Adriano Gambarini, WWF-US
Planting on a farm in São Paolo, Brazil, where Sakiyama spent her youth. Adriano Gambarini, WWF-US

Seeing Borneo’s wildlife through the eyes of its citizen scientists

Indigenous groups document rare biodiversity to protect it from logging

The forests of the Baram region in Malaysian Borneo. Fiona McAlpine
The forests of the Baram region in Malaysian Borneo. Fiona McAlpine

Why the fight for climate justice is a fight for justice itself

Movements are overlapping to take an intersectional approach to activism

An intersectional approach to environmentalism
Stephen Melkisethian, Flickr

Can local and Indigenous realities guide the way to better biodiversity policy?

Stories from corners of the world form recommendations in major new report

A portrait of a member of the Indigenous community in Copán Ruinas, Honduras. Evan Schneider, UN Photo
A portrait of a member of the Indigenous community in Copán Ruinas, Honduras. Evan Schneider, UN Photo

5 books to give you Indigenous wisdom

Recommendations for your reading list for Indigenous People’s Day 2020

A grandmother in the highlands of Nepal. Mokhamad Edliadi, CIFOR

Demanding justice: What can climate activism do for racial equity?

GLF Live with Sunrise Movement co-founder Varshini Prakash and GLF’s Salina Abraham


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