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3 Tactics to Save Earth-Goldman Environmental Prize Winners | Care2 Causes

3 Tactics to Save Earth-Goldman Environmental Prize Winners | Care2 Causes

The key to creating change is on-the-ground work to inform and involve local communities, especially those who “were here first.” Each prize winner focused on a local issue, such as a dam or a mine or the spraying of toxic chemicals, and worked for change in their immediate area, often with traditionally disenfranchised indigenous people, before trying to affect larger regions. Coupled with local activism, each of the winners worked to marshal pressure on the global power brokers, from the OECD to UNESCO to the European Investment Bank. Sofia Gatica rallied local mothers to investigate the high number of deaths and illnesses in her community in Argentina: “I started meeting with other mothers who were also suffering from the deaths and illnesses of their children and formed the group the Mothers of Ituzaingó. We spent years holding press conferences and demonstrations in a...

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