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WHY HER? Self-pro­claimed en­vi­ron­men­tal poet Yongchen rose to fame in 2004 af­ter lead­ing a cam­paign against the con­struc­tion of a large dam on the Nu River, one of the coun­try’s last re­main­ing wild wa­ter sources. To the sur­prise of many, she won. Now, the land sur­round­ing a large por­tion of the river has been pre­served as a na­tional park. Yongchen works as a ra­dio broad­caster, free­lance jour­nal­ist and leader of the Green Earth Vol­un­teers, an NGO she founded in 1996. Yongchen is em­bark­ing this year on her eighth an­nual trip up the Yel­low River to doc­u­ment the ef­fects of pol­lu­tion on “China’s Mother River.”

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