The Poetry of Science

Episode 10: Environmental Death

August 12, 2019

Between 2002 and 2017, 1,558 people across 50 countries were killed for defending their environments and lands; this is more than double the number of United Kingdom and Australian armed service people killed on active duty in war zones over the same period. In this episode I explore some of the research which aims to understand where this is happening and how it can be stopped.


Read this episode’s science poem here.  

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Extinction’ by Jackie Kay here.

Find out more about Global Witness here.


Music by Rufus Beckett.


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