Goldman Environmental Prize 2017

Instead of a traditional anniversary post I would like to highlight the winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize this year. There’s a way to support each fight. Check out the links associated with each environmental activist and the

mark! Lopez

a community organizer from East LA who, with the organization East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, pressured the state of California to provide comprehensive lead testing and cleanup of homes contaminated by a battery smelter that had polluted the working class Latino community for over three decades. A sampling of dust on rooftops of nearby buildings found lead levels of 52,000 parts per million—where 1,000 parts per million is considered hazardous waste.

The cleanup is not over as the funding only covers a fraction of the homes affected.  Check out the org. And the journey:


Uroš Macerl

is an organic farmer in Slovenia who successfully stopped a cement kiln from co-incinerating petcoke with hazardous industrial waste by rallying legal support from fellow Eko Krog activists. Since the plant’s shutdown, spruce trees are once again growing on Macerl’s farm, and migrating birds that hadn’t been seen in decades have returned.


Prafulla Samantara

An iconic leader of social justice movements in India, led a historic 12-year legal battle that affirmed the indigenous Dongria Kondh’s land rights and protected the Niyamgiri Hills from a massive, open-pit aluminum ore mine. Prafulla faces threats of violence for this work. Send a message of support


Wendy Bowman

In the midst of an onslaught of coal development in Australia, octogenarian Wendy Bowman stopped a powerful multinational mining company from taking her family farm and protected her community in Hunter Valley from further pollution and environmental destruction.


Rodrigo Tot,

An indigenous leader in Guatemala’s Agua Caliente, Rodrigo Tot led his community to a landmark court decision that ordered the government to issue land titles to the Q’eqchi people and kept environmentally destructive nickel mining from expanding into his community.  Check out this Org  which helped with the landmark decision.


Rodrigue Katembo

Putting his life on the line, Rodrigue Katembo went undercover to document and release information about bribery and corruption in the quest to drill for oil in Virunga National Park, resulting in public outrage that forced the company to withdraw from the project. This was not an easy feat, Katembo was captured and tortured for seventeen days. Some footage he gathered during his undercover investigations were heavily featured in the documentary film Virunga

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