This is the VOA Special English Development Report.
Seven activists from around the world have
received the Goldman Environmental Prize for two thousand nine. Former Vice President Al Gore presented the
prizes in San Francisco, California last week.
Ona Essangui of Libreville, Gabon, won from Africa. Mister Ona heads two environmental
organizations in Gabon. He has worked to
make known the unlawful agreements behind a huge Chinese mining project. The project threatens Gabon's rainforests. Mister Ona has faced threats of arrest and
prison for his efforts.
Gunnoe of the Appalachian area of West Virginia in the United States won from
North America. Miz Gunnoe works with a
coalition to organize neighborhood groups to fight environmentally harmful activities
by coal companies. She has had to take security measures to protect her family
Rizwana Hasan, the honoree from
Asia, is an environmental lawyer from Bangladesh. Miz Hasan has worked to make the public aware
of the dangers of the ship-breaking industry.
Ships no longer in use contain dangerous materials which can be released
into the environment when they are taken apart. Her efforts have led to stronger environmental
rules governing the ship-breaking industry.
scientist Olga Speranskaya of Moscow won from Europe. Miz Speranskaya has led efforts against organic
pollutants and the transport and burial of dangerous chemicals. She
was honored for organizing a coalition of non-governmental groups and
government agencies in eleven former Soviet states.
winner for Islands and Island Nations is Yuyun Ismawati. She is an
environmental engineer in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Yuyun Ismawati helps poor communities design
safe waste management programs. She started her own non-governmental
organization to expand her environmental management programs to other areas of
Jabini and Wanze Eduards won from South and Central America. They are from Suriname, in the Amazon Basin
tropical forest. They organized their
Saramaka people against tree-cutting by lumber companies on their traditional
lands. The action led to a court ruling supporting
all native peoples throughout the Americas.
And that's the VOA Special English Development
Report, written by Jerilyn Watson. You can find transcripts, MP3s and podcasts
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