In pictures: The Goldman Prize 2009


Maria Gunnoe

The award has been described as the “Nobel Prize for grassroots environmentalism”.

Maria Gunnoe is one of the seven 2009 winners from six continents to share the $900,000 (£600,000) prize. She lives in the heart of the Appalachia, West Virginia – an area where the coal extraction is the major industry. She was chosen for her battle against the industry’s mountaintop removal mining and valley fill operations.

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