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Russian Woman Wins Green Nobel Prize

20. April 2012 by Masha 0 Comments

In 1989, San Francisco civic leaders and philanthropists Richard N. Goldman and his wife Rhoda created the Goldman Environmental Prize to annually honor grassroots heroes from the six inhabited continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands and Island Nations, North America, and South and Central America.


This year, a passionate Russian woman who has been fighting to save the Khimki Forest, "the green lungs of Moscow," won the Goldman Prize, also known as the Green Nobel Prize. In addition to international recognition and worldwide visibility, 35-year-old Yevgenia Chirikova was given $150,000 to pursue her vision.


"I’ve had a chance to learn how we can fight effectively," she says. "We have set an example of what ordinary citizens can do. We can find ways to defend our rights."


It was 2007 when Yevgenia discovered that the projected path of an $8 billion highway project from Moscow to St. Petersburg would cut through the heart of the 2,500 acre Khimki Forest. 


"You don’t have to be a biologist to understand the forest will die," she says. "As soon as Sasha was born I started writing letters." Her daughter Sasha is now five and Yevgenia has stepped up from writing letters and making phone calls to staging protests and organizing rallies. 


"This is a fight," she says. "It’s a fight for our soul."


Source: Washington Post