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Goldman Environmental Prize Honors Six Heroes of the Environment

Award recognizes activists from Australia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, India, Slovenia, United States

SAN FRANCISCO, April 24, 2017 — The Goldman Environmental Foundation today announced the six recipients of the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s largest award for grassroots environmental activists.

This year’s winners are:

RODRIGUE MUGARUKA KATEMBO, Democratic Republic of Congo
Putting his life on the line, Rodrigue Katembo went undercover to document and release information about bribery and corruption in the quest to drill for oil in Virunga National Park, resulting in public outrage that forced the company to withdraw from the project.

PRAFULLA SAMANTARA, India
An iconic leader of social justice movements in India, Prafulla Samantara led a historic 12-year legal battle that affirmed the indigenous Dongria Kondh’s land rights and protected the Niyamgiri Hills from a massive, open-pit aluminum ore mine.

UROS MACERL, Slovenia
Uroš Macerl, an organic farmer from Slovenia, successfully stopped a cement kiln from co-incinerating petcoke with hazardous industrial waste by rallying legal support from fellow activists and leveraging his status as the only citizen allowed to challenge the plant’s permits.

WENDY BOWMAN, Australia
In the midst of an onslaught of coal development in Australia, octogenarian Wendy Bowman stopped a powerful multinational mining company from taking her family farm and protected her community in Hunter Valley from further pollution and environmental destruction.

MARK! LOPEZ, United States
Born and raised in a family of community activists, mark! Lopez persuaded the state of California to provide comprehensive lead testing and cleanup of East Los Angeles homes contaminated by a battery smelter that had polluted the community for over three decades.

RODRIGO TOT, Guatemala
An indigenous leader in Guatemala’s Agua Caliente, Rodrigo Tot led his community to a landmark court decision that ordered the government to issue land titles to the Q’eqchi people and kept environmentally destructive nickel mining from expanding into his community.

About the Goldman Environmental Prize
The Goldman Environmental Prize was established in 1989 by late San Francisco civic leaders and philanthropists Richard and Rhoda Goldman. Prize winners are selected by an international jury from confidential nominations submitted by a worldwide network of environmental organizations and individuals.

Congratulations to these Brave and dedicated environmental heroes!

 

Learn about our feathered friends from our new Partner: BirdNote

Creating a Garden Paradise for Birds - And Humans

And, Search the BirdNote Archives BirdNote has more than 1,400 shows archived on their website. You can search to find 2-minute shows about birds and their lives —learn more about the Northern Flicker, Bald Eagle, or Swainson's Thrush.

And, Search the BirdNote Archives

BirdNote has more than 1,400 shows archived on their website. You can search to find 2-minute shows about birds and their lives —learn more about the Northern Flicker, Bald Eagle, or Swainson's Thrush.

 

Climate Change, Ocean Acidification + Art + Craft

The Institute for Figuring

The Institute for Figuring

For the past 10 years, sisters Margaret and Christine Wertheim have been leading a collaborative crochet project to build visual models of healthy and unhealthy coral reefs.

The sisters Wertheim weave science and math into their dynamic crochet coral reef exhibits.

Check out Margaret's TED talk on the project: Here

Place-Based Education by Getting Smart

 
Find more at Get Smart

Find more at Get Smart

Project Based Education

We know our environment needs innovative, collaborative and creative solutions.

There is no end to the work students can do to improve our environment. For example, students monitor energy usage in schools, they decrease food waste, plant gardens, restore native ecosystems and collect ecological data.

Check out Washington Green School school projects to "green" your school.

 

And, find helpful teaching Resources such as the Pacific Education Institute's

Project Based Learning Model or Designing High-Impact Field Experiences

Recommend other resources by writing a blog for E3: send to leschenbach@e3washington.org.