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Alok Shukla Wins Prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize 2024

Published on April 30, 2024
Current Context: Alok Shukla, a forest activist from India, was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize on April 29, 2024, for his significant contributions to environmental conservation.
Alok Shukla Wins Prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize 2024
  • He led a successful community campaign that saved 445,000 acres of biodiversity-rich forests from 21 planned coal mines in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh.
  • These forests, known as Hasdeo Aranya, are home to 25 endangered species and are often referred to as the lungs of Chhattisgarh.
  • In July 2022, the government canceled the 21 proposed coal mines in Hasdeo Aranya, which was a significant victory for the environment.
  • Alok Shukla is a convenor with Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan (the Save Chhattisgarh Movement) and a founding member of the Hasdeo Aranya Bachao Sangharsh Samiti (Save Hasdeo Aranya Resistance Committee).
  • His work has safeguarded the livelihood, cultural identity, and sustenance of nearly 15,000 Adivasi—Indigenous peoples—who depend on the Hasdeo Aranya forests.
  • He is set to receive the award on Friday, May 3, 2024.


Q.1 Who was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize on April 29, 2024?
a. Narendra Modi
b. Sundar Pichai
c. Ratan Tata
d. Alok Shukla
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