The historic campaign that secured the permanent protection of 3,000 acres of Puerto Rico's Northeast Ecological Corridor showed the world the power of grassroots activism. It couldn't have happened without those who played key roles in ensuring the area's protection for future generations.
One of those key people, Sierra Club member and local environmental leader Luis Jorge Rivera-Herrera, today received Conde Nast Traveler's Environmental Award, an honor that recognizes remarkable activists from all across the globe.
"I am honored to receive this award on behalf of all the individuals and organizations that belong to the Coalition for the Northeast Ecological Corridor, whose strong commitment and partnership made possible the designation of this extraordinary area as a nature reserve," he said.
The Northeast Ecological Corridor, and its jaw-dropping natural beauty, sits at the foothills of El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico. Corals, lagoons, wetlands, leatherback sea turtles, and 50 threatened and endangered species all call it home. When plans emerged to pave over the area with mega-resorts, golf courses, and thousands of luxury homes, the grassroots responded with a fight that Luis Jorge helped lead.