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Defenders of our Planet: Resilience in the Face of Restrictions

The aim of this report is to provide a global overview of the main challenges and restrictions faced by those advocating for climate and environmental justice, and to provide examples of how civil society action is fundamental for advancing the cause. This report builds on CIVICUS’s previous research on the topic and aims to provide a global overview of the restrictions covering civic space freedoms through a systematic data collection from the CIVICUS Monitor.

The objective of this report is to establish that those advocating for climate and environmental justice are particularly the target of civic space violations by governments and corporations, to affirm the importance of civil society, defenders and activists to advance the climate agenda, and to showcase the diversity of the movement and the struggle. This report is especially important in the context of COP26 when the climate emergency is heightened but governments’ actions seem to be more focused on restricting the space for activists than advancing the cause.

Given the complexity of the subject matter and its global scope, this report is not intended to be comprehensive. The examples provided are illustrative of a general trend and the failure to mention a specific country does not imply an absence of violations against its activists.

Uploaded on: Dec 14, 2021
Year Published: 2021

Resource Tags

Resource Type: Practitioner Resources Issues: Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Protection & Safety Tool Type: Reports / Research Method: Improving Governance, Accountability and Transparency, Research Languages: English