An environmental lawyer and activist from Liberia, Alfred Brownell was among the six activists to be awarded Goldman Environmental Prize.
He prevented a company from converting tropical rainforest into palm oil plantations.
The other five winners are:
Linda Garcia of Vancouver, Washington, who successfully prevented the construction of North America’s largest oil terminal.
Ana Colovic Lesoska of North Macedonia, whose helped stop hydroelectric projects from being built in the country’s largest national park.
Bayarjargal Agvaantseren of Mongolia, who led the fight to create the Tost Tosonbumba Nature Reserve.
Jacqueline Evans of the Cook Islands, whose work led to the conservation and sustainable management of all of the Cook Islands’ ocean territory and creation of 15 marine protected areas.
Alberto Curamil of Chile, a jailed indigenous activist who had protested several hydroelectric projects in the country.
The Goldman Environmental Prize environmental recognizes and honors grassroots individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk.
The prize was created in 1989 by philanthropists Richard and Rhoda Goldman.
Winners are selected from nominations made by environmental organisations and others. The prize carries a $200,000 award.
In addition to a monetary prize, Goldman Prize winners each receive a bronze sculpture called the Ouroboros.
Common to many cultures around the world, the Ouroboros, which depicts a serpent biting its tail, is a symbol of nature’s power of renewal.