Ramesh Agrawal at his home looking out to his internet cafe in Raigarh, India

"Industrialization and development are necessary for a country's economic growth, but not a the cost of life, peace, and irrevesible loss of environment" -Ramesh Agrawal

Ramesh Agrawal organized a successful opposition to the construction of a major coal mine in Chhattisgarh, India and brought national and international awareness to the problems caused by unethical industrial development projects.

Credit: Goldman Environmental Prize