Congratulations to the 14th Annual Brower Youth Award winners: Jonathan Ferrer, Alex Freid, Arielle Klagsbrun, Cassandra Lin, Chloe Maxmin and Amira Odeh.
The award ceremony took place on October 22, 2013, at the Norse Theater in San Francisco. Goldman Prize staff members Lani Alo and Liz Means had the pleasure of attending the energizing and inspiring ceremony.
2013 Goldman Prize winner Azzam Alwash and his team at the Nature Iraq recently marked the conclusion of the Tigris River Flotilla, a month long event to celebrate the river, raise environmental awareness among riverside communities, and study the river's current hydrological condition.
In January 2013, government officials from around the world agreed on the text of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Last week, the convention was presented for adoption and opened for signature at the Diplomatic Conference for the Minamata Convention on Mercury, in Kumamoto, Japan.
In the early 1990s, as the civil war and famine broke out in Somalia, Fatima Jibrell was compelled to do something about what was happening to her land and her people. She founded the Horn of Africa Relief and Development Organization (now known as Adeso), and over the next decade, she focused on helping Somalia’s pastoralists, who traditionally relied on grazing their livestock in the country’s sparsely populated rangelands and deserts. These lands were falling victim to rampant deforestation driven by unrestricted charcoal trade.
Goldman Prize staff member Ryan Mack recently returned from Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he spent several days at the 23rd Annual Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) Conference.
The five day conference seeks to improve the quality and accuracy of environmental reporting by fostering collaboration among journalists, government officials and industry experts.
Dear friends and colleagues,
On behalf of the board and staff of the Goldman Environmental Foundation, it is my distinct pleasure to announce that David Gordon, a long-time environmental leader with extensive expertise in international grassroots activism, will become our next executive director on November 4, 2013.
Pedro Arrojo-Argudo was awarded the Goldman Prize in 2003 for his water conservation work in Spain. Today, Arrojo continues to advocate for sustainable water management policies that do not rely on damming and diverting, but instead are based on conservation, recycling and smarter agricultural choices.
Sarin gas, the chemical agent used in August's deadly attacks in Syria, is one of the chemical weapons stored in Madison County, Kentucky – home of 2006 Goldman Prize recipient Craig Williams, who has dedicated his life to the safe disposal of the United States’ chemical weapons stockpiles.
2008 Goldman Prize recipient Ignace Schops led the effort to establish Hoge Kempen, Belgium’s first and only national park. Raising more than US$90 million by bringing together private industry, regional and European Union (EU) government, local stakeholders, and NGOs, Schops created a new model for land conservation in the EU and beyond.
The Chico Mendes Award is given to organizations and individuals who exhibit extraordinary courage and leadership in the fight to protect the environment.