A Murder in Honduras Reveals the Dark Side of Clean Energy

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Berta Cáceres became an environmental martyr by fighting the powerful interests backing renewable energy in her country.

October 12, 2020
Monte Reel - Bloomberg

Berta Cáceres campaigned to stop a renewable energy project, and the long fight turned her into one of Central America’s most prominent environmentalists. She won a prestigious international prize known as the “Green Nobel” for protecting a river, using some of the award money to purchase a modest bungalow in La Esperanza, her hometown in central Honduras.

Her activism is also what brought three gunmen to her back door.

The men broke into her kitchen around 11:30 p.m. on March 2, 2016. Cáceres heard a noise and called out from her bedroom: “Who’s out there?” Within seconds, a gunman entered her room and shot her dead.


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