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Chima Williams, an attorney in Nigeria, is one of the winners of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize. He sued Shell over oil spills in his country. Speaking of his activism, Williams notes: "There is power in what you believe and how you go about it uncompromisingly." KC Nwakalor for NPR hide caption

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He started protesting about his middle school principal. Now he's taking on Big Oil

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Gloria Majiga-Kamoto, an activist from Malawi, was one of six recipients of the 2021 Goldman Environmental Prize. Majiga-Kamoto has been campaigning to convince Malawi to implement a ban on thin plastics. Goldman Environmental Prize hide caption

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Gloria Majiga-Kamoto, an activist from Malawi, is one of six recipients of the 2021 Goldman Environmental Prize. Majiga-Kamoto has been instrumental in implementing Malawi's ban on thin plastics. Goldman Environmental Prize hide caption

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Mexican environmentalist and indigenous leader Isidro Baldenegro Lopez was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2005. He was shot dead this week, less than a year after another winner of the award was slain in Honduras. Pablo Aneli/AP hide caption

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Phan Sopheak, a rice farmer in Cambodia, rests shortly after a man wielding an axe attacked her. She had been patrolling the Prey Lang forest around her village with a volunteer group that is trying to stop illegal logging. Courtesy of Prey Lang Community Network hide caption

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#EarthDay: The High Cost Of Eco-Activism

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