Papua New Guinea Campaigner’s Award Shines Light on Illegal Logging
Annie Kajir epitomizes the fearless rainforest campaigner. The recent winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize has been beaten and harassed for her efforts on behalf of Papua New Guinea's rainforests. When only 24 she successfully took criminal loggers Rimbunan Hijau to court. What can we learn from her experience? Firstly, while there are many such activists that usually labor in anonymity, we need more. Pick a rainforest and dedicate your being to saving it. In PNG, the use of the courts to stop the logging invasion must be more adequately funded. The relatively uncorrupted court system may be the last best chance to stop the timber mafia from finishing off these critical rainforest habitats.