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Activist wins Goldman prize for effort to clean up California trucking and railway sectors
by Nina Lakhani, Climate justice reporter

The Guardian    Translate This Article
29 April 2024

On 29 April 2024 The Guardian reported: A grassroots organizer from one of the US's smoggiest communities has been awarded the prestigious Goldman prize for environmental activists, after leading a successful campaign to clean up California's trucking and railway sectors. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

Andrea Vidaurre from Inland Empire, a sprawling metropolitan region in southern California, helped persuade state regulators to adopt two historic transport regulations that will improve local air quality for millions of people -- and accelerate the country's transition away from greenhouse gas-spewing vehicles.

Vidaurre, 29, was compelled to act after the once picturesque region, where she was born and raised, was transformed into an inland port and trucking hub connecting the busiest shipping container ports in the country -- Long Beach and San Pedro (Los Angeles) -- with thousands of sprawling warehouses that operate 24/7. Amazon, which owns many buildings in the area, is currently constructing the world's largest warehouse -- a five-story 4.1m sq ft facility.

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