Everyday heroes: 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize winners

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Aleta Baun récompensée par le prix Goldman pour l'environnement 2013 pour son combat contre les mines de marbre en Indonésie © Goldman Prize

Aleta Baun récompensée par le prix Goldman pour l’environnement 2013 pour son combat contre les mines de marbre en Indonésie © Goldman Prize

The Goldman Prize awards environmental activists. This award, also known as the Nobel Price of ecology has been rewarding environmental activists for the past 20 years.

[To learn more abur the Goldman Prize, read our interview with Lorrae Rominger, director at Goldman Prize]

Working on different continents, under unique circumstances and against great odds, the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize recipients are 😕

With no prior experience in grassroots organizing, Jonathan Deal led a successful campaign against fracking in South Africa to protect the Karoo, a semi-desert region treasured for its agriculture, beauty and wildlife. ?

Giving up a comfortable living and family life in California, Azzam Alwash returned to war-torn Iraq to lead local communities in restoring the once-lush marshes that were turned to dust bowls during Saddam Hussein’s rule.

An elementary school teacher, Rossano Ercolini began a public education campaign about the dangers of incinerators in his small Tuscan town that grew into a nationwide Zero Waste movement.

By organizing hundreds of local villagers to peacefully occupy marble mining sites in “weaving protests,” Aleta Baun stopped the destruction of sacred forestland on Mutis Mountain.

Kimberly Wasserman helped lead local residents in a successful campaign to shut down two of the country’s oldest and dirtiest coal power plants—and is now transforming Chicago’s old industrial sites into parks and multi-use spaces.

Unfazed by powerful political opponents and a pervasive culture of violence, Nohra Padilla organized Colombia’s marginalized waste pickers into unions and made recycling a legitimate part of urban waste management.

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