The fire and hope that sustained the courageous women and men who win the annual Goldman Environmental Prize is inspiring. The Prize is the world's first and largest award honoring grassroots environmental activists. It was founded by Richard and Rhoda Goldman in San Francisco in 1989. These annual awards go to six environmental defenders from Africa, Asia, Europe, Pacific & Island Nations, North America, and South & Central America. Often these women and men are from isolated villages or inner cities where they choose to take great personal risks to safeguard the environment. The Goldman Prize recipients focus on protecting endangered ecosystems and species, combating destructive development projects such as mining and dams. Each of them has a compelling story in which they fought against corporate giants. Their actions, courage and compassion are inspiring to those who love our planet. They are ordinary women and men acting in extraordinary ways to protect the environment and their communities, too often at great personal cost. Last year there were 331 of them who were killed. Half of those murders were in Columbia.
We will see short videos about the work of each of this year’s recipients as well as their award ceremonies. Join the Global Justice webinar to learn about the Goldman Environmental Prize winners.