Ithaca attorney wins world’s top prize for environmental activism

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Six environmental advocates from India, Peru, Russia and three other countries have won this year’s Goldman Prize, which is awarded for grass-roots activism.

The Goldman Environmental Foundation says India’s Ramesh Agrawal received the prize for helping villagers fight coal mining in Chhattisgarh state. Peru’s Ruth Buendia was recognized for helping to prevent two dams in the Peruvian Amazon, while Russian zoologist Suren Gazaryan won for defending protected areas from Olympic development in Sochi.

The foundation says Ithaca-based attorney¬†Helen Slottje was selected for helping to shut down fracking in New York State, South Africa’s Desmond D’Sa for closing a toxic dump site in Durban, and Indonesian biologist Rudi Putra for shutting illegal palm oil plantations in Sumatra.

The winners will each receive $175,000 on Monday, up from $150,000 last year.

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