Monday, May 7, 2007

Yak Herdsman Takes on Mining Companies: Successfully!

This is some serious achievement by an individual in Mongolia. Probably the first of its kind.
A self-taught yak herdsman from Mongolia forced the closure of polluting mines on the Onggi river was just barely awarded the world's biggest environmental prize. Mr. Munkhbayar, 40, successfully pressured 35 of 37 mining operations working in Mongolia's Onggi River basin -- a precious drinking water supply for rural Mongolians -- to permanently stop harmful, ruinous mining and exploration activities.
More here and here