It was 1970. The nuclear non-proliferation treaty had passed and the Beatles had disbanded; climate change was already in full march. The year prior, Senator Nelson had witness a horrific event, the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, and he had decided he had enough. Environmental causes and disasters needed to come under the spotlight, and for that purpose he created Earth Day.
I usually don’t write personal pieces on this page, but today I feel a certain obligation to. I am writing today to inform you all of the murder of an environmentalist friend, a protector of the forest, and a kind and light-hearted man, along with the murder of two other conservation heroes whom I did not have the pleasure to meet in person.
The Bunong people represent one of Cambodia's few indigenous communities and they mostly inhabit the highlands of the country. Traditionally, the Bunong people have had a strong relationship with their surrounding forests; however, things are changing today and their traditions and livelihood are threatened.