Environmental Activists Risk Death In Many Countries, Boulder Funders Say

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Photo: Berta Caceres
Berta Caceres speaks to people near the Gualcarque river located in the Intibuca department of Honduras. Caceres and residents of the region maintained a two year struggle to halt construction on the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric project.

Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres was killed in her home earlier this month. Police in the country said she was shot during an attempted robbery, but her family says it was a political assassination.

Cáceres had made enemies by organizing a successful campaign to halt the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project. But that work also won her fierce international support.

She won the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015, considered to be the world's top award for environmental work. Global Greentgrants Fund, a Boulder advocacy group, also financed her projects.

Global Greengrants Vice President Justine Reed joined Colorado Matters' Ryan Warner to talk about Cáceres' life and the persistent threat environmentalists face abroad.