lead acid battery desulfator Goldman Environmental Prize winners work hard to protect planet
Wendy Bowman, winner of 2017 Goldman Sachs Environment Award, Wendy Bowman, winner of the Goldman Sachs Environment Award, and assistant governor.Jerry Brown didn't get the answer he expected last year when he had a governor's visit to the East Los Angeles community, where Mark Lopez had a long struggle with lead contamination.32-year-old Lopez has witnessed too many empty gestures during these years in the fight against pollution from the battery recycling plant, to the point that he has taken part in the governor's photography."I told him, 'Tell the governor to bring the money or not at all, '" Lopez said of the call before Brown's visit to the predominantly Latino community."We didn't take pictures with him.This is not all about this battle."His outspoken honesty helped convince Brown to approve $0.176 billion to clean up lead contamination in 2,500 homes in East Los Angeles and expand the testing range to include 10,000 properties near contaminantsExide Corp. has been running the spewing battery smelter for nearly 20 yearsLopez is one of six people who will receive the Goldman Sachs Environment Award on Monday, which honors leaders around the world who protect humans and ecosystems from commercial exploitation.The award, he said, will inspire him to continue to support industries that take advantage of vulnerable groups and immigrant communities."It's not just what's happening in our community, it's what's happening in all the colored communities like Bayview --"Hunter point and Richmond," Lopez said ."."In communities of color, the location of toxic facilities is not proportional."Lopez has been fighting, actually starting with his grandparents, Juan biterres Gutierrez and Ricardo Gutierrez, who are still children in him.Almost from the day they immigrated from Mexico to the United States, they became activists and started a successful campaign against the construction of prisons.Garbage incinerator and oil pipeline under a middle school in East Los AngelesA."One of my initial memories was being pushed in a stroller during a march against the prison," Lopez said ."."When I was 10 years old, I was knocking at the door to talk about various issues.In my life, I may have knocked on every door on the east side.I was born.I grew up there.This is part of my legacy."After he graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, his grandparents told him about the battery recycling plant in 2008.The smelter has been in operation since 1922, but production has increased sharply after Exide acquired the property in 2000."It was the first time I started to understand the issue and work with other community members," he said .".Lopez learned through his research that the plant is processing a large amount of lead at the smelterEquivalent to 40 trucks of acid car batteries per day.Lopez said that the increase in production was carried out without the necessary equipment upgrade, and the company refused to take any measures against toxic smoke emitted into the air.He began working with the East hospital community to promote environmental justice, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the mixed environmentEthnic Communities in East Los AngelesA.The door is gone-to-The door tells residents about the smoke they breathe and the lead and arsenic dumped in their community.Lopez led the bike to the factory, which led the federal grand jury to investigate.Finally, on March 2015, Exide agreed to close the plant.It was a big win, but for Lopez the battle was just beginning.Subsequent tests showed that the plant's lead contaminated the soil for at least 1 year.7-A mile radius around the factory.Lopez, now executive director of the East Yard, said Grant Brown, who approved $0.176 billion last year, was helpful, but he now thinks soil testing should be expanded.He lobbied California lawmakers, state and federal regulators to nearly double the size of the contaminated areas tested."At first they didn't even want to test any house to see if there was lead," he said ."."We have been working hard on this issue."Mainly due to his work, the lead-acid battery Recovery Act was passed in 2016, with an annual allocation of up to $32 million to clean closed smelters such as Exide factories."I think it is very important that humans, especially children, do not have a safe level of lead, so it is very important to expand the test," he said ."."Lead affects brain function, impulse control, and can lead to violence and crime, which is all the problem in our community.We need resources to solve these problems."Peter Fimrite is a special contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle.Email: pfimrite @ sfronicle.Com Twitter: @ pfimrite other winners five other activists will also be honored at 5: 30 for grassroots environmental workm.On Monday at the War Memorial Opera House at 301 fanness Avenue.The famous Goldman Sachs Environmental Award winner includes a game administrator who risked his life fighting oil drilling in the African National Park, and an activist led the 12-In India, an organic farmer stopped a cement kiln, a woman stopped a mining company from taking her family farm in Australia, and a leader of an indigenous tribe, he kept a destructive nickel mine from destroying the land of Guatemala.Founded in 1989 by San Francisco philanthropist Richard and Roda Goldman, the award honors ordinary people around the world who have taken extraordinary action to win environmental victories.The international jury selected the winners from the confidential nominations submitted by environmental organizations and individuals.They are: The 41-year-old Democratic Republic, CongoKatembo Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo, a caretaker of Congo's Virunga National Park, when he learned that British Soco International plans to illegally mine oil from the park, further threatening the endangered mountain gorillas and potentially polluting Lake Edward, the source of the Nile.On 2011, he acted in secret, tying hidden cameras to his body, secretly photographing socot workers and Congolese army intelligence officers who provided bribes.He was arrested and tortured for exposing corruption, but he continued his efforts to protect the park.On 2013, Katembo submitted his evidence to the Congolese government.His work appeared in a documentary, Virunga, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, causing outrage from the international community.Poor propaganda led the biggest investor, the Church of England, to peel off from Soco in 2015, forcing the company to withdraw its plans for Virunga.IndiaSamantara Prafulla Samantara, 65, started a grassroots campaign in 2004 to inform 8,000 members of the indigenous province of East Gurria Kant of OdishaWeidanta resources in London will spend $2 billion.Mine bauxite in their hometown of Niyamgiri, India.He rode his bike from village to village, reminding locals of the plan, which would jeopardize many rare animals in the pristine forest reserve of the eastern coastal state of Odisha.He organized protests and sit-ins.Immigration Department in the capital of Bhutan, including 10-mile-The long human chain that prevented widanta from entering their land.Samatara and other protesters were harassed and intimidated by state police and weidanta officials after submitting a petition to the Supreme Court questioning the project's tribal rights violations.In 2010, the government of Norway and the Church of England withdrew funding for the project, and three years later, the Indian Supreme Court allowed East Gurria Condy to vote on the issue.The village council rejected the mine last year and denied the mining company's appeal, ending a 12-A year of legal warThe 48-year-old Uros Macerl, 48, has long raised sheep at a family farm on the Trbovlje Mountain in Slovakia, and after learning about French companies in 2002, he began collecting emission data, Lafarge cement, and bought 130-year-Old cement kiln near his house.As the chairman of the local township, he recorded a sharp increase in harmful pollutants in the kiln in 2004, but local officials did not listen to him.Then, in 2009, laf base applied for a permit for the incineration of industrial waste and petroleum refining by-product petroleum coke.The burning contaminants would float through part of the McKel Farm, giving him reason to challenge the law.He and members of Eko Krog, the environmental group he led, attacked Lafarge because they said they did not value air quality at all.In 2010 Macerl filed a petition with the European Commission claiming that the plant did not meet EU environmental standards.In 2015, the Commission closed the project and the level of pollution fell immediately.But the fighting continues and Lafarge is currently seeking new permits from Slovak officials who meet the requirements.Wendy Bowman, 83, Australia has long been collecting data on health hazards and pollution caused by the flood of Australian Hunter Valley coal mines, and in 2010 she found her 650-Acre farm is the target of the Chinese.It owns salt coal mining company.The mining boom has been driving away farmers in the area since the 1980 s, and she is determined to stop Yancoal from buying land or mining coal in the area.Bowman worked with environmental groups to bring a lawsuit to spread information about the harmful effects of mining on people's health and the environment, while refusing to sell her land, which she affectionately called Rosedale.In 2014, an Australian court ruled that Yancoal could continue to operate, provided it acquired Bowman's property in the first place.She refused.When Yancoal appealed last year, the court supported her.The appeal continues, but so far, Bowman is single.16 in one hand.5 million tons of coal were mined in Hunter Valley.The 57-year-old Guatemala, Rodrigo tote, has long been fighting for the rights of his people, descendants of ancient Maya in eastern Guatemala, when he found out in 2006 that a Canadian company was planning to reopen nickel ore in an area.The private security forces employed by the mine began to violently expel families, burn houses and rape women in the village of q'equchi, El Estor and Agua Caliente.Tot knew that he had acquired land ownership in the area, but found that when he went to the national registry to crack down on deportation, someone tore off the page proving their ownership.He fought for three years with the help of the United States.S.-The legal resources center of India filed a lawsuit in 2009 to expose government corruption.A subsequent ruling ordered the government to re-issue ownership of the land and replace the page lost by the registry.But the government refused to enforce the court's ruling, and the battle in tote took a terrible turn in 2012, when one of his sons was shot dead and the other was injured in the city while traveling by bus to Guatemala.The attack was decided to be a robbery, but Tott and others believe it was a politically motivated assassination.Tot did not give up and helped organize an artificial blockade on 2014, resulting in the withdrawal of security forces after another attempt to expel the Agua Caliente people.