Linda Garcia Kept Pollution Out of Her Neighborhood—And Just Won the 'Green Nobel'
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.