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Lois Gibbs: Inaugural Prize winner still on the frontlines, fighting for cleaner, safer communities

By Jackie Krentzman

In 1978, Lois Gibbs was a young mother with two young children living in Niagara Falls, New York, in a neighborhood called Love Canal. She began hearing reports of chemical waste being dumped nearby and discovered that her son’s elementary school was built on a toxic waste dump that was leaching chemicals.

Gibbs organized neighbors and they petitioned the local, state, and federal government, leading to the entire community of more than 800 families being evacuated and... Read Blog Post