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Michal Kravcik

Michal Kravcik galvanized support to halt a dam planned during the Communist era by proposing effective democratic alternatives, including smaller dams, decentralized water management, and restored farmlands.

Michal Kravcik Reflects on California’s Water Crisis

Michal Kravcik was awarded the Goldman Prize in 1999 for his work to halt the construction of destructive dam projects in post-communist Slovakia by proposing democratic alternatives, including smaller dams, decentralized water management and restored farmlands. Fifteen years later, Kravcik is still working diligently to design sustainable water management models for Slovakia and the world.…

Water is critical to climate mitigation, says Kravcik

In the lead-up to the December UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, NGOs and others working on climate issues have been encouraged to share ideas for how future climate policy should be shaped.  Michal Kravcik, 1999 Goldman Prize recipient from Slovakia, and his colleagues, Jan Pokorny, Juraj Kohutiar and Martin Kovac have developed a discussion…

Goldman Prize winners stand with Isidro Baldenegro

Over 65 Prize winners are joining together to send an open letter to the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Carlos Sada Solana, on behalf of Prize winner Isidro Baldenegro, who was assassinated on January 15, 2017: Dear Sir: Ref.: An Open Letter from Goldman Environmental Prize Laureates We, Goldman Environmental Prize Laureates from across…

Goldman Prize winners stand with Máxima Acuña

The Goldman Prize winner community has joined together to issue the following statement in solidarity with fellow Prize recipient Máxima Acuña, following an attack on her earlier this month, allegedly by security forces of the mining company that she is bravely standing up to: We demand respect and the safety of Máxima Acuña, a Member of our Family. We…

Goldman Prize winners stand with Berta Cáceres

The Goldman Prize winner community has joined together to issue the following statement in solidarity with fellow Prize recipient Berta Cáceres, following her death last week: “Berta Cáceres, a Member of our Family, has been Assassinated” We are the recipients of the Goldman Environmental Prize and come from all corners of the world with the same…

Strong Goldman Prize Presence at Green Asia Forum

Goldman Prize Executive and Deputy Directors, David Gordon and Lorrae Rominger, recently attended the 4th Annual Green Asia Forum in Seoul, South Korea as part of the Goldman Prize’s pilot networking program. The annual Forum is organized by 1995 Goldman Prize winner Yul Choi and his organization the Korea Green Foundation (KGF). KGF has been…

Goldman Prize Recipients Send Open Letter to President of Gabon

Last month, the international community received news that 2009 Goldman Prize recipient, Marc Ona Essangui is facing possible jail time and a fee of nearly $10,000.00 US after recently being convicted of defamation by a Gabonese court. The defamation charge was filed after Ona allegedly spoke out against possible government corruption involving Soleman Liban, a senior…

Hurricane Sandy’s Strength: Coincidence or Climate Change?

Did climate change cause Hurricane Sandy? Many in the scientific community agree that it played a significant role in the storm’s strength and destructiveness. “Hurricanes and tropical storms would occur with or without global warming. But many climate models suggest that such storms will become more intense as the planet warms,” Pennsylvania State University climatologist…

Goldman Prize recipients call on world leaders to take risks at Rio+20

Recipients of the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s largest award for grassroots environmental activists, are calling on world leaders to attend the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro and make real commitments to protect the environment. A total of 107 Goldman Prize winners, representing a broad spectrum of environmental activists—indigenous  leaders, attorneys,…