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Introducing the 2022 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners

May 25, 2022

We are honored to announce the 2022 Goldman Environmental Prize winners. These leaders from around the world prove that, together, we can reshape the future of our planet. Join us tonight, May 25, 2022, at 5:00 pm PDT (8:00 pm EDT) to hear their stories firsthand at the Goldman Prize virtual ceremony. Hosted by award-winning…

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Prize Winners Today: Cambodian Elephant Conservation with Sereivathana Tuy

January 31, 2023 – By Ellen Lomonico

Uncle Elephant They call him “Uncle Elephant.” Determined, intelligent, and kind, Sereivathana Tuy (known as “Vathana”) is everything you’d want in an uncle. He’s an ex-park ranger, National Geographic Explorer, and, most importantly, a committed conservationist who has devoted his life to protecting elephants in Cambodia. We chatted with Vathana about winning the Goldman Prize…

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The 2023 Goldman Environmental Prize is Monday, April 24

January 10, 2023

The Goldman Environmental Prize is excited to share that the 2023 Prize winners will be announced on Monday, April 24. The Prize winners will be celebrated at live ceremonies to coincide with Earth Day: at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco on Monday, April 24, and at the Eisenhower Theater at the John…

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Goldman Prize Executive Director Michael Sutton on Why We Should Support Grassroots Voices

January 3, 2023 – By Michael Sutton

Happy New Year! A new year brings fresh inspiration, motivation, and possibilities. It also provides an opportunity for reflection—on the previous year, its highs and lows, and what lessons it conveys to us for the future. This past year, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in nature on several occasions. Memorably, my son and…

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Five Highlights from the 2022 Goldman Environmental Prize

December 13, 2022

As 2022 concludes, we reflect on what a year it has been! Join us in celebrating some key moments at the Goldman Environmental Prize this year. 1. The 2022 Prize Winner Announcement The Goldman Prize was thrilled to welcome the 2022 winners: Chima Williams, Niwat Roykaew, Marjan Minnesma, Julien Vincent, Nalleli Cobo, and Alex Lucitante and Alexandra…

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Prize Winners Today: How Alexis Massol is Creating a Community-Based Environmental Revolution in Puerto Rico

December 5, 2022 – By Ellen Lomonico

A Spanish version of this blog is available below. Una versión en español de este blog está disponible a continuación. Puerto Rico’s Environmental Revolution In a tropical sea, on a small island, in a lush forest, within the four walls of Casa Pueblo, a tiny revolution is growing. It’s a revolution born of love for…

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Prize Winners Today: How Azzam Alwash is Restoring Iraq’s Ancient Marshes

November 1, 2022 – By Ellen Lomonico

The Cradle of Civilization Azzam Alwash was finishing a workout when he joined our video call. Full of energy and laughing, he pounded up the stairs to a rooftop deck and wiped a bead of sweat off his forehead as he held his phone in front of him. The setting sun illuminated the skyline behind…

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Prize Winners Today: How Makoma Lekalakala is Shaping South Africa's Clean Energy Transition

October 4, 2022 – By Ellen Lomonico

Meeting Environmental Justice Leader, Makoma Lekalakala Dressed in vibrant colors and a traditional VhaVenda headscarf, Makoma Lekalakala is a striking figure, even on a pixelated computer screen. It was nighttime in South Africa; Makoma joined our call having recently flown into Durban. “I go where the people are,” she shared. Sometimes that means Johannesburg, sometimes…

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Goldman Prize Winners Call for Release of Nguy Thi Khanh

September 13, 2022

Today, 52 Goldman Environmental Prize winners sent a letter to the members of the UN Human Rights Council in support of Nguy Thi Khanh, the 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize winner from Vietnam. Khanh is serving a two-year prison sentence in Vietnam for the alleged crime of tax evasion, widely understood as punishment for being an…

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Stopping the Spill: How Oil Is Changing Our Earth

August 22, 2022 – By Jacqueline Kehoe

News headlines every few years can leave the impression that oil spills are rare, one-off events, like BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010 or the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. In reality, they happen constantly: Over 700 million gallons of waste oil reach the ocean every year, destroying entire ecosystems and communities. Beyond its role in…

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Indigenous Communities: Protectors of our Forests

August 8, 2022 – By Jacqueline Kehoe

It has now become widely understood in environmental circles that Indigenous groups around the world are often the best stewards of land conservation because of their longstanding cultural, spiritual, and physical connections to their territories. August 9, is UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, a day that recognizes the unique role of Indigenous…

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