The 25th annual Goldman Environmental Prize ceremony took place on Monday, April 28, 2014 at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House, followed by a reception at City Hall.
Congratulations to the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize recipients:
Desmond D’Sa, South Africa: Desmond D’Sa rallied south Durban’s diverse and disenfranchised communities to successfully shut down a toxic waste dump that was exposing nearby residents to dangerous chemicals and robbing them of their constitutionally protected right to a safe and clean environment.
For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we are spotlighting past Goldman Prize winners who will be attending the 2014 Goldman Prize ceremony on Monday, April 28. Ignace Schops, Thuli Makama, Randall Arauz, and Marina Rikhvanova are just a few of the familiar faces we are excited to see.
With the 2014 Goldman Prize ceremony less than a week away, the Prize team is busy putting the finishing touches on what is sure to be a spectacular 25th anniversary celebration.
We are excited to announce that award-winning journalist and news anchor Soledad O’Brien will be this year’s Master of Ceremonies. She will be joined on stage by special guest speaker Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and two surprise musical guests.
For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we are taking a look back at the first ever Goldman Prize ceremony, which took place on April 16, 1990 to coincide with Earth Day. Coincidentally, it was also Goldman Prize co-founder Richard Goldman’s 70th birthday.
We are excited to announce that for the first time ever the Goldman Environmental Prize ceremony will be broadcast LIVE on the Goldman Prize YouTube channel. Attendance to the Goldman Prize ceremony is by invitation only, but this year all our followers will have the opportunity to experience the ceremony in real time.
In 2009, Yuyun Ismawati was awarded the Goldman Prize for her work to implement sustainable community-based waste and sanitation management programs that provide employment opportunities to low-income people and empower them to improve the environment.
In the Q&A below, Ismawati updates us about her work in the years since winning the Prize.
Russian scientist Olga Speranskaya was awarded the Goldman Prize in 2009 for her work to transform the NGO community in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asian (EECCA) region into a potent, participatory force working to identify and eliminate the Soviet legacy of toxic chemicals in the environment. She formed a civil society network that now includes NGO groups, government bodies and academia in 11 former Soviet states.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new report detailing the significant impact climate change is already having on the Earth’s continents and ocean systems and warns that things are going to get worse unless greenhouse gas emissions are quickly brought under control.