Environmental Heroes Honored With Cash Prizes

The 2011 winners of the Goldman Prize for Environmental Activism were announced this week. Host Scott Simon highlights the grassroots efforts of some of the six winners.

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This week, the Goldman Environmental Foundation honored the work of six grassroots environmental activists - one from each of the world's inhabited continents. Since 1990, the group has promoted significant efforts, aimed at protecting the natural world. This year's Goldman Environmental Prize winners include: an American, Hilton Kelley, a former Hollywood stuntman, who took on the polluting industries in his hometown of Port Arthur, Texas. Francisco Pineda of El Salvador, who despite the threat of assassination, led a movement that stopped a gold mine from ruining the country's vital water supply. And Ursula Sladek, a mother of five who created Germany's first cooperatively owned, renewable power company.

For their efforts, the award recipients get an individual cash prize of $150,000.

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