Goldman Prize staff members Lani Alo and Jenny Park had the opportunity to attend Seeds of Resilience: Women Protecting Their Right to Land and Food, an event hosted by Women’s Earth Alliance.
Lani Alo, a program staff member at the Goldman Prize, is reporting from the Alternative Water Forum in Marseille, France. The forum, set up as an alternative to the World Water Forum (also taking place in in Marseille), focuses on developing sustainable solutions to the global water crisis.
An idea conceived by a group of friends over a round of beers in a Belgian pub 15 years ago is now getting serious traction throughout Western Europe as a model for land conservation. Its newest champion is tennis star Kim Clijsters, who is now an ambassador for one of Ignace Schops’ projects at Regionaal Landschap Kempen and Maasland (RLKM).
1994 Goldman Prize winner Laila Iskandar and her Cairo-based NGO, the Spirit of Youth Association (SYA), saw an opportunity in Egypt’s recent political uprising to raise awareness about the importance of proper waste management.
Jadwiga Lopata (2002) has had a busy year so far, holding mass picnics, organizing online poster design contests, staging press conferences, and dressing up as Frankenstein potatoes at street demonstrations to keep genetically modified crops out of Poland. The events are successfully educating people about the risks associated with growing and eating genetically modified foods.
Living under the constant threat of assassination, Francisco Pineda courageously led a citizens' movement that stopped a gold mine from destroying El Salvador's dwindling water resources and the livelihoods of rural communities throughout the country.
Raoul du Toit won the Goldman Prize for his courageous work in coordinating conservation initiatives that have helped to develop and maintain the largest remaining black rhino populations in Zimbabwe. We sat down with him to learn more about his work.