The Goldman Environmental Prize is awarded to a small handful of people from around the world in recognition of their grassroots environmental activism. ¬†
Selected by an international jury, this year‚Äôs seven winners came from places as diverse as Vietnam, Colombia, South Africa‚Ä¶and Flint, Michigan. ¬†
A Short History of Environmental Heroism
Just after Flint officials notoriously switched the city water source in April 2014 to save money, LeeAnne Walters started to become concerned that the water she and her four children were drinking was harmful.
She was, of course, right, but proving it was a struggle. ¬†State authorities didn‚Äôt want to listen and LeeAnne worked tirelessly with the EPA and Marc Edwards, …
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You don‚Äôt have to be an environmentalist to recognize that pollution is taking its toll on our rivers, lakes and streams around the world, not to even mention, oceans. ¬†While efforts to clean up the water have increased over the years and noble as they may be,¬†sadly,¬†these efforts are losing ground.
With an ever-increasing population, budget cuts, and attacks on all fronts from agricultural run offs, industrial waste and the dumping/flushing of pharmaceuticals and more, clean water is fast becoming a distant memory.
Here are but 3 of some of our most polluted waterways in the world with a little background history thrown in.