President Obama's highly anticipated Climate Action Plan was released earlier this week, the centerpiece of which focuses on cutting carbon emissions from new and existing coal fired power plants. Such plants are responsible for nearly 40% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Congratulations to Evgenia Chirikova and Oscara Olivera for recently being awarded the 2013 James Lawson Award, administered by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. The award ceremony took place at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Thuli Makama, an environmental attorney from Swaziland, was awarded the Goldman Prize in 2010 after winning a landmark case to include environmental NGO representation in the Swaziland Environment Authority, reinforcing the right to public participation in environmental decision making.
By organizing hundreds of local villagers to peacefully occupy marble mining sites in “weaving protests,” 2013 Goldman Prize recipient Aleta Baun stopped the destruction of sacred forestland on Mutis Mountain on the island of Timor.
Tell us about the Mollo people, your way of life and your spiritual connection to the land.
Humberto Rios Labrada was awarded the Goldman Prize in 2010 for the influential role he played in revitalizing Cuba’s farming industry. By encouraging a return to crop rotation and seed diversity, Rios helped decrease Cuba’s dependence on chemical fertilizers and increased the productivity and sustainability of Cuba’s farms.
Interim Executive Director of the Goldman Prize Lorrae Rominger recently had the opportunity to meet with Jane Scurich, Director of Administration and Development at San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers.
For the last several years, the Conservatory has hosted a semi-permanent exhibit featuring the Goldman Prize recipients. Rominger and Scurich visited the display, which is currently featuring the 2013 Prize recipients.
2013 Prize recipient Jonathan Deal is leading a campaign to raise awareness about fracking, especially in places like New York, California and Illinois where fracking interest is on the rise.
Last month, Deal wrapped up a five-week US tour which he spent gathering first-hand information about fracking from industry consultants, politicians, scientists and local citizens from communities where fracking is prevalent.
Unfazed by powerful political opponents and a pervasive culture of violence, 2013 Goldman Prize recipient Nohra Padilla organized Colombia’s marginalized waste pickers to make recycling a legitimate part of waste management.
What was it like growing up as a recycler in Colombia, and how did you become a leader in the fight to transform the system?