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Berta Cáceres on the banks of the Gualcarque River in the Rio Blanco region of western Honduras. / Goldman Environmental Prize

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In the early hours of March 3, 2016, gunmen forcibly entered a home where Berta Cáceres, a well-known Honduran indigenous and land rights defender, was staying in La Esperanza, Honduras, and brutally murdered her. Cáceres’ inspirational leadership created and sustained one of the country’s most powerful grassroots social and environmental justice movements. Her murder, though shocking and devastating, was not surprising.

Cabinet Mountains by Scott Butner

The Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in northwest Montana, which has received a high level of conservation protection since the 1930s, is facing an imminent threat. The Montanore copper and silver mine project would require blasting miles of tunnels beneath this expanse of glaciated peaks, transforming the pristine landscape into a large-scale industrial mining site. Despite scientific evidence that the mine will degrade streams and cause harm to endangered species in the wilderness area, the U.S.

Esther Calhoun

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This Women’s History Month, we want to acknowledge and celebrate women who are making history while protecting the environment. Each of the leaders we’ve highlighted is a pioneer for a healthier and more just world. Through the legal cases they take part in, these women are at the forefront of battles for racial equality, the conservation of sacred lands, and food and water free of harmful pollution.  


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