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Women Claim 5 of 6 Goldman Environmental Prizes for 2018

HeadlineApr 23, 2018

The winners of the 2018 prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize have been announced, with women claiming five of the six prizes. Among this year’s winners are anti-nuclear activists Liz McDaid and Makoma Lekalakala, who led a successful campaign against South Africa’s bid to purchase as many as 10 nuclear power plants from Russia. In Latin America, Francia Márquez wins a prize for her campaign against illegal mining in the Amazon, which led Colombia’s government to crack down on cyanide and mercury pollution. And in the U.S., LeeAnne Walters wins a Goldman Prize for uncovering the crisis of toxic lead in Flint, Michigan’s water supply, after she commissioned a test of her home’s tap water and found it was so contaminated it qualified as hazardous waste.

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