Goldman Environmental Prize Honors Six Heroes of the Environment
2014 recipients come from India, Indonesia, Peru, Russia, South Africa and USA
Prize recognizes grassroots environmental achievements stopping fracking, dams, palm oil development, land grabs, coal mining, toxic waste dumps
SAN FRANCISCO, April 28, 2014 — The Goldman Environmental Foundation today announced the six recipients of the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize, a group of fearless leaders working against all odds to protect the environment and their communities.
Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary year, the Goldman Prize is awarded annually to environmental heroes from each of the world’s six inhabited continental regions. With an individual cash prize of $175,000, it is the largest award for grassroots environmental activism. The Prize amount reflects an increase from previous years’ $150,000, and brings the annual total to more than $1 million.
“For the past 25 years, the Goldman Environmental Prize has honored heroic grassroots environmentalists for their achievements around the world and this year is no exception,” said David Gordon, executive director, Goldman Environmental Prize. “From fracking to palm oil development, the 2014 Goldman Prize recipients are not only tackling some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems; they are also achieving impressive environmental victories and inspiring others to do the same.”
The winners will be awarded the Prize at an invitation-only ceremony on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the San Francisco Opera House. The event will be streamed live online on the Goldman Prize's YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/goldmanprize). A ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. will follow on Wednesday, April 30.
This year’s winners are:
RAMESH AGRAWAL, India
RUTH BUENDIA MESTOQUIARI, Peru
DESMOND D'SA, South Africa
SUREN GAZARYAN, Russia
RUDI PUTRA, Indonesia
HELEN HOLDEN SLOTTJE, USA
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