University of California Repression & Impact of The Environmental Movement Paper

Paper Prompt #2

The last couple of decades have seen a rise in the killing and detention of journalists, activists, and Indigenous people who are defending land and other natural resources from the abuses and exploitation of governments and corporations. The number of environmental activists being jailed and killed has risen sharply in recent years. How might the repression of environmental activists around the world impact the environmental movement? What are the implications for democracy and multilateral governance?

Some questions to think about: (not required)

How is this trend related to the rise of authoritarianism?
Why are environmental activists specifically being targeted?
Who benefits from the killing environmental activists?

Some possible resources: (not required)

Mexico’s Environmental Activists Killed for Resisting Infrastructure Projects (Links to an external site.)

Men Connected to Butterfly Sanctuary Are Found Dead (Links to an external site.)

164 Environmental Activists Were Killed While Protecting Their Homes Last Year (Links to an external site.)

Environmental activist murders double in 15 years (Links to an external site.)


Use concepts and examples from the assigned course readings and course lectures to respond to the prompt. We are not asking you to summarize the readings/lectures/news sources or answer all the questions above. We are not asking for your unsupported opinions. We are asking you to make your own coherent and well supported argument about the topic. Cite specific concepts, short quotes and examples from the assigned readings and lectures as evidence to support your own argument. Your paper needs to include a thesis statement that outlines your argument.

Your paper should be 1000-1200 words or about 3-4 double spaced pages. Please pay careful attention to spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Remember that citations are required for both paraphrasing and direct quotes from either the text or lecture. Feel free to cite other books and articles as needed. Include a full list of works cited at the end (APA, Chicago, or other citation standard – be consistent!).


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