Six environmental activists from six continents have been honoured with the Goldman Environmental Prize for their vigorous campaign to protect the global environment.
The awardees include: Gloria Majiga-Kamoto (Malawi), Thai Van Nguyen (Vietnam), Maida Bilal (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Kimiko Hirata (Japan), Sharon Lavigne (United States), and Liz Chicaje Churay (Peru).
The award ceremony was organized by the Goldman Environmental Foundation.
“When it comes to the environment, the global community of grassroots activists, leaders, thinkers, and philanthropists is only growing and becoming more sophisticated, more united, more powerful. These Prize winners have so much to teach us about the path forward and how to maintain the balance with nature that is key to our survival. These phenomenal environmental champions remind us what can be accomplished when we fight back and refuse to accept powerlessness and environmental degradation. They have not been silenced—despite great risks and personal hardship—and we must also not be silent, either. It takes all of us.”Susie Gelman, vice president of the Goldman Environmental Foundation
The Goldman Environmental Prize was established in 1989 by late San Francisco civic leaders and philanthropists Richard and Rhoda Goldman.
Prize winners are selected by an international jury from confidential nominations submitted by a worldwide network of environmental organizations and individuals.