On Monday, April 19, the Goldman Environmental Prize will be presented to six recipients - one from each inhabited continent - who have performed some duties to the environment ranging from pollution control to the protection of endangered species.
Among this year's recipients are a Michigan woman, Lynn Henning, who exposed the spread of water pollution caused locally by concentrated animal feeding, and a Costa Rican biologist, Randall Arauz, who helped bring about legislation to protect endangered sharks from slaughter, USA Today reports.
The prize, which is the largest for grass-roots activists worldwide, awards each recipient with $150,000.
Henning, who owns a 300 acre corn and soybean farm, says she plans to use the prize money toward the production of water-monitoring kits to be given out to local residents who live close to concentrated animal feed operations.
In a similar vein of goodwill, Arauz will use the Goldman prize to purchase off-road vehicles so his staff at the Association for the Restoration of Sea Turtles can access the shores where a species of endangered turtles lay their eggs.
There are about 5,000 endangered animals
today, and at least one species dies out every year, according to the Young People's Trust for the Environment.