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How Linda Garcia Stopped an Oil Terminal From Coming to Her Neighborhood

The Vancouver, Washington, activist is among the six 2019 winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize.
“We’ve learned [about harming the environment] the hard way, and we shouldn’t pass that onto our children and their children and their children,” said activist Linda Garcia, who is among the winners of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize.
“We’ve learned [about harming the environment] the hard way, and we shouldn’t pass that onto our children and their children and their children,” said activist Linda Garcia, who is among the winners of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize.Goldman Environmental Prize

Stories are what kept Linda Garcia, 51, going as she fought what would have been North America’s largest oil-by-rail terminal from coming to her neighborhood of Fruit Valley in Vancouver, Washington.

Garcia traveled sometimes directly from chemotherapy sessions to community meetings, where she never missed the chance to testify against the Tesoro Savage project. All the while, she’d remember the families with young children who told her they didn’t want to be pushed out, or the couple well into their 90s who had been living in Fruit Valley since they got married at 19. “How can I not fight for that?” she asked.