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Closing the Gap between the Environment and Human Rights

Last month, Goldman Prize Program Officer Ryan Mack traveled to Yale University to attend the UN Conference on Human Rights and the Environment. The two day conference brought together more than 100 scholars and policy experts from over 40 different countries.

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Threats to Environmental Activists on the Rise

Twenty-five years ago, Brazilian rubber tapper Chico Mendes was murdered for his efforts to protect the Amazon rainforest. Just a month ago, Edwin Chota, an Ashaninka activist from Peru, was murdered for his efforts to stop illegal logging.

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India’s Supreme Court Cancels Vast Majority of Country’s Mining Licenses

A recent ruling from India’s Supreme Court declared all mining licenses issued after 1993 to be illegal. We reached out to the 2014 Goldman Prize winner from India, Ramesh Agrawal, a right to information activist who successfully shut down one of the largest coal mines in his region, to get his feedback on the ruling. Here is what he had to say:

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Norway Agrees to Pay Liberia $150 Million to End Deforestation by 2020

In return for $150 million in development aid from Norway, Liberia has agreed to stop cutting down its trees by 2020. The agreement was one of the most significant to come out of the UN Climate Summit, which took place in New York earlier this month.

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Goldman Prize Winners Call for Climate Action in New York City

Last weekend, several Goldman Prize winners, including Father Edwin Gariguez, Desmond D’Sa and Oscar Olivera joined over 300,000 demonstrators in New York City for the People’s Climate March to demand swift action on climate change.

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Coming Soon: “The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon” at the Mill Valley Film Festival

The Goldman Environmental Prize is happy to announce it will be joining Mill Valley Film Group in co-presenting the film “The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon” as an Active Cinema partner at the 37th Annual Mill Valley Film Festival (Oct. 2 - 12, 2014).

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SEJ’s Chemical Corridor Tour Exposes Struggle of Fenceline Communities

Last week, Goldman Prize Communications Officer Jenny Park attended the 2014 Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The most impactful part of the conference for Park was a tour of Louisiana’s “chemical corridor,” in which participants had the opportunity to hear from activists and industry representatives and to see first-hand what life is like in the fenceline communities living in the shadow of the Gulf’s big oil and gas industries.

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