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Lawyer fighting palm oil among 6 to win environmental prize

2 years 3 months 1 week ago Monday, April 29 2019 Apr 29, 2019 April 29, 2019 6:21 AM April 29, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: Miami Herald

BOSTON (AP) - A lawyer who helped protect forests in Liberia from palm oil plantation expansion and a community activist who prevented the construction of North America's largest oil terminal were among six people awarded a Goldman Environmental Prize for grassroots environmental activism.

The Goldman Environmental Foundation announced the winners of the annual award on Monday. The six winners were Alfred Brownell of Liberia; Linda Garcia of Vancouver, Washington; Alberto Curamil of Chile; Ana Colovic Lesoska of North Macedonia; Bayarjargal Agvaantseren of Mongolia and Jacqueline Evans of the Cook Islands.

Brownell, a visiting scholar at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, says he was forced to flee the country over his fight to hold a Southeast Asian palm oil company accountable for its alleged destruction of Liberian forest and abuse of indigenous communities living around palm oil plantations

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