Berta Cáceres is not a name I had ever heard before today. I imagine there are many of us who are unfamiliar with this Honduran activist. But as I read about her today, I am in awe of her courage. She was winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015, for her fight to stop construction of the Agua Zarca cascade of four giant dams in the Gualcarque river basin. She endured threats of kidnapping, bodily harm, and death as she fought to protect water rights for local communities and to protect the rights of the Lenca indigenous people. She was a mother of 4, an activist, a protector, and on March 3, 2016, she was assassinated.
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