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Environmental Heroes Honored With Cash Prizes

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Environmental Heroes Honored With Cash Prizes

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Environmental Heroes Honored With Cash Prizes

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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.

SCOTT SIMON, host:

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.

(Soundbite of song, They Dance Alone)

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