We were thrilled to hear yesterday’s announcement: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating $50 million to their campaign to eliminate the dirtiest coal-fired power plants.
2011 Goldman Prize winner Prigi Arisandi and his team at ECOTON have been busily casting their nets in and out of the Surabaya River to take stock of the local fish habitat. They recently released findings from this population survey and are taking them to the government to develop sustainable river management policies.
Last week marked an important victory for Hilton Kelly (2011) and the fight for clean air and pollution control. On Thursday, July 7, the EPA announced new regulations known as the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule that will force hundreds of power plants to reduce harmful emissions known to cause illnesses in downwind communities. Hilton Kelly had this to say about the new regulations:
Jadwiga Lopata (2002) has had a busy year so far, holding mass picnics, organizing online poster design contests, staging press conferences, and dressing up as Frankenstein potatoes at street demonstrations to keep genetically modified crops out of Poland. The events are successfully educating people about the risks associated with growing and eating genetically modified foods.
The Environmental Defender Law Center (EDLC) recently introduced a new grants program that will fund legal expenses in cases against corporations harming the environment and human rights. Two of the first three grants will support the work of Goldman Environmental Prize recipients Rashida Bee and Champa Devi Shukla (2004) and Stephanie Roth (2005), allowing them to continue their heroic fight for local communities' environmental rights.
Recognizing his achievements in the field of ecology and land preservation, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos named 1993 Goldman Prize winner and former environment minister Juan Mayr the new ambassador to Germany.
This Fourth of July weekend, get inspired by recounting the amazing journey that our 2011 Prize winners took from grassroots organizing to shaking hands with the President of the United States: