Małgorzata Górska from the Polish Society for Protection of Birds led the way to halt the controversial Via Baltica Expressway planned by the Polish government that would have interrupted the Rospuda Valley. The Rospuda Valley is one of Poland’s oldest and most unspoiled natural areas, home to ancient peat bogs, wetlands and unique and diversified ecosystem of flora and fauna. Górska, with support of the World Wildlife Fund, Polish Green Network, and the Polish Society for Protection of Birds, opposed the government’s move by presenting data on the illegality of the construction at the European Parliament and the European Court of Justice. Due to her concerted efforts and the growing pressure from civil society, the EU and the ruling from the Polish courts, the Polish government re-routed the controversial section of the Via Baltica Expressway. Photo credit: The Goldman Environmental Prize