Ms. Niko Hirata (left) protesting in front of a coal-fired power plant under construction in Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture (left) = February (provided by the Goldman Environmental Foundation)

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Ms. Niko Hirata (left) protesting in front of a coal-fired power plant under construction in Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture (left) = February (provided by the Goldman Environmental Foundation)

On the 15th, the US Goldman Environmental Foundation is a director of the citizens’ group “Climate Network”, which asks the 2021 winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize, which is given to grassroots environmental protection activists, to stop the construction of coal-fired power plants. Announced that he chose (50). The award is called the “Nobel Prize in the field of the environment”.

Mr. Hirata is from Tokyo. In the 90’s, he learned about climate change issues from the writings of former US Vice President Gore, and changed from working at a publishing company to an environmental NGO. “This award is nothing more than an award given to everyone who has been persistently working with us. We must make a bigger move to achieve decoalization and decarbonization, and it is more important from now on.” Commented.