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Louisiana grandmother fighting pollution in 'Cancer Alley' wins Green Nobel prize
by Linda Poon

Bloomberg    Translate This Article
15 June 2021

On 15 June 2021 Bloomberg reported: Sharon Lavigne is going head-to-head with multi-billion dollar chemical plants in her longtime home of St. Janes Parish. At the St. James Parish council meetings, Sharon Lavigne is a familiar face. She's become a fixture since 2018, fighting multi-billion dollar petrochemical plants that threaten to move into her hometown, located along Louisiana's 'Cancer Alley.' On Tuesday [15 June], Lavigne was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, dubbed the Green Nobel. She is one of six recipients recognized for their work as grassroots environmentalists. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of science and health, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

That infamous nickname ['Cancer Alley'] is for the 85-mile corridor along the Mississippi River that's been home to some 150 petrochemical plants and oil refineries since the 1980s. Its existence has been decried as an egregious case of environmental racism, and even dubbed a human rights violation by the United Nations, as emissions from the plants affect the majority-Black communities nearby.

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