Polish International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumna Małgorzata Górska was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize on April 19, 2010. Górska, an environmental activist from the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds, won the award for her successful campaign to halt the construction of a highway that would have cut through the Rospuda Valley, one of Europe’s last patches of undisturbed wilderness and home to a variety of wildlife and endangered bird species.
The Goldman Environmental Prize comes with a $150,000 cash award and is informally known as the “Green Nobel Prize.” The Goldman Prize Committee said that Górska was ” was “instrumental in fostering a citizens’ movement (…) to protect the Rospuda Valley from construction.” Górska took part in an IVLP project entitled “Balancing Environmentalism and Transportation” in 2008.
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