Olya Melen, an environmental lawyer, was awarded the Goldman Prize in 2006 for using legal channels to temporarily halt construction on a deep-water shipping channel that would have destroyed fragile ecosystems in the heart of the Danube Delta, one of the most valuable wetlands in the world.
Last week, Goldman Prize winners Kimberly Wasserman (2013) and Maria Gunnoe (2009) joined Goldman Prize Board members John and Doug Goldman for “The Goldman Prize at 25,” a public event at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.
Maria Gunnoe was awarded the Goldman Prize in 2009 for leading a campaign against the environmentally devastating practice of mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR).
The Goldman Prize recently had the opportunity to engage with local students from Creative Arts Charter School in San Francisco. Liz Means, Communications Coordinator at the Prize, was invited to the school to give a presentation about the history of the Goldman Prize, grassroots environmental activism and the work of the Prize winners.
1995 Goldman Prize winner Noah Idechong, hailing from the island nation of Palau, recently stopped by the Goldman Prize office in San Francisco, where he gave us a great update on his work and what he has been up to since winning the Prize almost 20 years ago.
On behalf of the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF), representing Icelandic and Faroese fisherman, 2007 Goldman Prize winner Orri Vigfusson wrote a strongly worded letter to all Members of Scottish Parliament accusing the country of contributing to a catastrophic decline in north Atlantic wild salmon populations.
Madagascar native Nat Quansah was awarded the Goldman Prize in 2000 for his work to educate his community about the need for forest conservation by reintroducing the use of native plants as medicine to thousands of Malagasy people in an Ambodisakoana clinic he opened.
We caught up with Quansah to see what he’s been doing since winning the Prize. In the guest blog below, he fills us in on all the action- complete with photos!
As part of the Goldman Prize's 25th anniversary celebration, we invite you to join us for "The Goldman Prize at 25," an event featuring Goldman Prize winners Maria Gunnoe (USA, 2009) and Kimberly Wasserman (USA, 2013) and Goldman Prize President, John Goldman and Vice President, Doug Goldman.
Since winning the Goldman Prize in 2010 for her work to expose the egregious polluting practices of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in rural Michigan, Lynn Henning has been busy expanding her campaign and reaching new audiences.
2013 Goldman Prize winner Azzam Alwash and his team at Nature Iraq celebrated a victory as the government of Iraq and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) signed a historic agreement last month that seeks to bolster environmental recovery and peace-building in the beleaguered country.