A Chicago woman who fought to shut down toxic coal plants in her community and a photographer who battled plans for fracking in South Africa were among six activists honored Monday with the Goldman Environmental Prize, USA Today writes.
The $150,000 awards are bestowed annually by the Goldman Environmental Foundation to recognize grass-roots green activism in Africa, Asia, North America, Central and South America, Europe, and the world's islands.
North America honoree Kimberly Wasserman is the director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, an outgrowth of her successful campaign to close two Chicago power plants whose emissions were linked to asthma attacks and emergency room visits in surrounding neighborhoods. Jonathan Deal helped dissuade South Africa's government from allowing Shell to drill for natural gas in the country's Karoo region.
For more information on all the winners, see the Goldman Foundation Web site.