Indonesian Activist Awarded for Fighting Deforestation

29 April 2014

Rudi Putra, an Indonesian biologist and passionate environmental campaigner, has been fighting to stop deforestation by palm oil plantations in one of the world’s richest but rapidly disappearing ecosystems.

On Monday evening, he was recognized for his achievements by becoming one of six global recipients of the prestigious Goldman prize for environmental activism.

The prize, which is being awarded for the 25th year, recognizes individuals for their efforts to tackle pressing environmental problems and also achieve victories, “often at great personal risk,” according to a statement announcing the winners.

Each of the six winners will receive an award of $175,000, making the Goldman the largest award in the world for grassroots environmentalists.

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