We are pleased to announce that on June 27, Russia ratified the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Russia signed the convention back in 2002, and while it has taken nearly 10 years to be ratified, it is a big step forward for the environmental community, especially 2009 Goldman Prize winner Olga Speranskaya and the organization that she co-chars, IPEN (International POPs Elimination Network).
Hilton Kelley (2011) is proving that miracles are possible. Here is what he had to say about being recognized by the State of Texas for his achievements:
“On the 27th of June 2011, I received a resolution from the State of Texas on the House floor at the Capital recognizing my many environmental accomplishments in Texas due to the Goldman Environmental Prize. Wow! To be recognized in Texas for environmental work is nothing short of a miracle…”
2011 Goldman Prize winner Francisco Pineda’s campaign against the gold mining company Pacific Rim has recently been featured by two significant media outlets.
He was quoted in last Sunday's New York Times article "Trade Agreements Clear Way for Industry Suits Against Government."
He also gave a fascinating interview to NPR’s The Story with Dick Gordon, "Fighing the Gold Mine."
Susie Gelman, Richard and Rhoda Goldman’s daughter, spent last week visiting 2001 Goldman Prize winner Eugene Rutagarama in Rwanda. Rutagarama was awarded the prize for his outstanding work with mountain gorilla conservation. Today, Rutagarama works for the International Gorilla Conservation Program, building ecotourism, monitoring the mountain gorillas and building relationships with the communities near the parks. Susie had this to say about her time in Rwanda:
Casa Pueblo, the community-based organization founded by 2002 Prize winner Alexis Massol-Gonzalez from Puerto Rico, is engaged in a heated campaign against a proposed natural gas pipeline project. Casa Pueblo and other opponents of the pipeline say that the project will threaten the island nation’s unique environmental and cultural resources.
The Goldman Environmental Foundation regrets to inform you that a colleague of 2011 winner Francisco Pineda, an activist from the Environmental Committee of Cabañas, has been killed. Juan Francisco Duran, a 30 year old university student, was last seen hanging anti-mining fliers on the night of June 2nd. His body was found on June 14th buried in a mass grave. He appears to have died from a bullet wound to the head. Fellow activists are asking for an investigation into his death.
How much are you willing to donate to environmental conservation? A few hours of your time? A few dollars from your pocket?
How about your home and all of the property it sits on?
Photo Credit: Peter Morris
Ignace Schops (2008) received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hasselt, Belgium, for international achievement for biodiversity and social entrepreneurship featured by cooperation and sustainable development.
Congratulations to Mill Valley Film Group on winning an Emmy for the series Global Focus VII –The New Environmentalists. MVFG took home the Emmy this past Saturday at the gala award ceremony in San Francisco. The series won for the Public/Current/Community Affairs - Program/Special category. The Global Focus series also won an Emmy in 2008-2009. Way to go!