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Baltimore Woman Who Fought Trash Burning Project Wins Prestigious Award

Destiny Watford, 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize winner for North America, inspired residents of a Baltimore neighborhood to defeat plans to build the nation’s largest trash-burning incinerator less than a mile away from her high school. (Goldman Environmental Prize)
Destiny Watford, 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize winner for North America, inspired residents of a Baltimore neighborhood to defeat plans to build the nation’s largest trash-burning incinerator less than a mile away from her high school. (Goldman Environmental Prize)

Destiny Watford was just a teenager when she began her fight against a plan to build the country’s largest trash incinerator in her neighborhood. Watford’s high school was less than a mile from the planned development in the Curtis Bay neighborhood of Baltimore. The area was already considered one of the most polluted parts of the state, and this week, Watford’s effort to stop the project earned her the prestigious Goldman Prize. Watford speaks with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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