Filipino Priest Wins Goldman Enviro Prize

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MANILA -- Father Edwin “Edu” Gariguez was named one of six recipients for this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize.

The annual award from the Goldman Environmental Foundation goes to “grassroots environmental heroes from each of the world’s six inhabited continental regions” for their commitment to saving the environment.

Gariguez has long been recognized as the man leading a decade-long campaign, which culminated in an 11-day hunger strike in 2009 to stop the large-scale nickel mining in Mindoro, the island just off the coast of Luzon in the Philippines.

A Goldman statement praises Gariguez for “leading a grassroots movement against a large-scale nickel mine to protect Mindoro Island’s biodiversity and its indigenous people.”

For Gariguez, the environment of Mindoro, his home province, is worth dying for. The five other recipients are from Argentina, China, Kenya, Russia and the US. Each received $150,000 for his/her c