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Four Mining Activists Honored with 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize

The annual prize is the biggest award recognizing grassroots environmental leaders

Earthworks

April 24, 2017

San Francisco, CA -- Today, the Goldman Environmental Foundation awarded six grassroots environmental activists the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. Four out of six of this year’s Prize winners are fighting to stop mining and drilling projects near their homes and communities.

For the past 27 years, the Goldman Environmental Prize has honored grassroots heroes from the world’s six inhabited regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands & Island Nations, North America, and South & Central America. The Prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment. Their specific fights cover a wide range of environmental challenges, highlighting the most critical issues of their time.

“We send our congratulations and appreciation to the Goldman Environmental Prize winners for their incredible work to protect water, land and health from toxic pollution. These heroes have risked their lives to defend their communities from irresponsible extraction, whether it is bauxite mining in India, oil drilling in the Democratic Republic of Congo, nickel mining in Guatemala or coal mining in Australia,” said Payal Sampat, Earthworks’ Mining Program Director. “We hope this much-deserved recognition will draw attention to the many communities around the world who are fighting dirty mining and drilling.”

The 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize winners are:

The award winners will be honored tonight at a ceremony at the San Francisco Opera House and at a second event in Washington, DC on Wednesday.

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