29 Apr '14, 12pm

Winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize tackles illegal palm oil companies in Indonesia

Winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize tackles illegal palm oil companies in Indonesia

Rudi Putra is a 37-year-old biologist from Indonesia. Yesterday he was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize -- the world's largest prize for grassroots environmentalism -- for managing to shut down 26 illegal palm oil operations in the northern Sumatra. Putra’s work in a region called the Leuser Ecosystem has restored 1,200 acres of natural habitat to the critically endangered Sumatran rhino, as well as the Sumatran tiger, orangutan, and wild elephant. Putra had a surprisingly simple approach to tackling illegal palm oil operations. First he rallied support from local communities, who by now knew well what devastating effects deforestation can have. (In 2006, catastrophic floods took over the Aceh area, destroying homes and injuring 8,000 people; the floods were made worse by illegal logging.) Next, Putra got the local police force on board, and went with them to speak ...

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