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Goldman Environmental Prize 2015 - winners include activists fighting damaging smelters, mines & dams

 

The Goldman Environmental Awards are "awarded annually to environmental heroes from each of the world’s six inhabited continental regions, the Goldman Prize recognizes fearless grassroots activists working against all odds to protect the environment and their communities. They often work in countries where violence and death threats against environmental defenders are on the rise..."

This year the winners included:

Phyllis Omido (Kenya) - Phyllis galvanized her community in Mombasa to shut down asmelter that was exposing people to dangerous chemicals.

Myint Zaw (Myanmar) - Despite government scrutiny Myint launched a national movement to stop construction of the Myitsone Dam on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River.

Marilyn Baptise (Canada)-  Marilyn led her community in defeating one of the largest proposed gold and copper mines in British Columbia that would have destroyed Fish Lake—a source of spiritual identity and livelihood for the Xeni Gwet’in.

Berta Cáceres (Honduras) - Berta rallied the indigenous Lenca people of Honduras in a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam.

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