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Tuesday, June 10

Voice of America Environmental Heroes: Peru's Maria Elena Foronda: "She founded Natura, a conservation group, and helped neighborhoods organize through local "Citizen Environmental Vigilance Committees" to investigate, monitor and negotiate with fishmeal companies to curb their toxic pollution. But the road to change has not been easy. In 1994, Ms. Foronda Farro was accused of connections with a terrorist group the Shining Path and sentenced to 20 years in prison." Foronda received the Goldman Environmental Prize for grassroots activism and environmental achievement. She works in Chimbote, a seaport that needs an army of environmental activists to turn it around.

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