07 Jan '12, 3pm

Eco-Heroes Risk Jail, Censure to Green the Mideast

Eco-Heroes Risk Jail, Censure to Green the Mideast

© Green Prophet Six of Green Prophet's '11 eco-heroes of 2011.' They're working to protect crucial wetlands in war-ravaged Iraq and make cycling a viable option in traffic-choked Cairo . For their trouble, they've been threatened with legal action and even jailed. Being an environmentalist in many parts of the Middle East is not for the faint of heart. Activists from Israel, Turkey, and Iraq were named the top three of 11 eco-heroes from the Middle East and North Africa picked this week by the regional environmental website Green Prophet from reader nominations of people who had "gone the extra green mile" in 2011. Israeli, Turkish, And Iraqi Winners Top honoree Ilana Meallem of Israel founded an environmental community just north of the Dead Sea that brought together Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians around shared green concerns. Professor Onur Hamzaoğlu of Turkey ri...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/eco-heroes-risk-jail-ce...

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