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Prize Winners Embrace Ecotourism

As you get ready for your Labor Day weekend vacation (or stay-cation), remember the enormous impact that your travel dollars can have on the local communities you visit.

Ecotourism is a growing industry that has big potential for travelers who want to see the world and do a little good at the same time.

2012 Kenyan Prize winner, Ikal Angelei,  embraces the potential boon that Lake Turkana’s rich fossil beds could bring to the tourist industry there, noting that “the fossils are part of the pride and heritage of the local community.”

Right now, most of Kenya’s 1.2 billion tourist dollars stay in Nairobi, but luring tourists to Lake Turkana to see the fossils and the famous desert lake could help protect the region and bring much needed income to the communities there.

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Cree Grand Council and Quebec Government Sign Historic Agreement

1994 Goldman Prize winner Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come celebrated a victory this month as the Cree Grand Council and the government of Quebec signed a historic agreement that will create a power-sharing governing council and provide millions in funding to the Cree nation.

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Diversity of Indigenous Peoples among Goldman Prize Winners

We’re extending our celebration of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples for the whole month of August—and reintroducing some of the indigenous leaders among the Goldman Prize winners. Men and women, young and old, the diverse group of winners represent indigenous communities from all corners of the world. What unites them is an unwavering commitment to defend their people's environmental and human rights. 

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Affordable Healthcare for Pollution Victims of Port Arthur, Texas

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson joined Hilton Kelley and other community leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony in honor of a new healthcare clinic that will provide affordable care to the low-income West Side community of Port Arthur, Texas.

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Catching up with Eugene Rutagarama, Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

A Goldman Prize staff member recently traveled to Rwanda, where she spent a few days observing mountain gorillas with Eugene Rutagarama. Rutagarama won the 2001 Goldman Prize for leading the effort to protect the critically endangered mountain gorillas in the aftermath of violent conflicts in the region.

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Randall Arauz Delivers Petition on Shark Fin Imports in Costa Rica

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week kicked off on Sunday and millions of viewers are expected to tune in to watch sharks at their most ferocious. As powerful as they are, however, sharks are critically endangered, in large part because of shark finning – the practice of cutting off fins from live sharks and tossing them back into the ocean to die.

2010 Goldman Prize recipient Randall Arauz has spent more than a decade fighting this practice in Costa Rica. As the next step in his ongoing campaign, Arauz, founder of the Costa Rican conservationist group, Pretoma, has delivered a new petition with 1,937 signatures to Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla calling for an immediate ban on shark fin importation. Combined with two petitions delivered last year, a total of 4,500 people from 34 countries have voiced their support for the shark fin ban.

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Willie Corduff released after brief arrest at protest site

Willie Corduff was briefly arrested at a protest near the site where, a 160-ton truck carrying equipment for the Corrib gas project has been stuck on the road since Monday. A farmer in Ireland’s rural town of Rossport, Corduff won the 2007 Goldman Prize for his courageous fight against a natural gas pipeline that threatens the community’s safety and environment.

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