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2020 Goldman Environmental Prize Postponed

April 2, 2020

Dear Friends,

During the global coronavirus pandemic, we are all learning to adjust, to care for our communities and ourselves, and to plan for an unknown future. In this context, we join much of the world in taking extraordinary measures to adapt, namely: We are postponing the announcement of the Goldman Environmental Prize until a later date, when the crisis has begun to ease. The primary reason for this change is to ensure that we are providing the greatest possible benefit to our phenomenal Prize winners, whose messages and stories deserve the world’s full attention. We will update our community as soon as we have a precise date.

Meanwhile, we want to share with you the thoughts of one of our yet-to-be-announced 2020 Prize winners:

“I am writing to you from my homeland, where the coronavirus disease that endangers our grandparents is now attacking us. We have seen how this virus is spreading worldwide. Hopefully, as humans and as societies, we can finally learn that the path to well-being lies in restoring the balance with the land, with the water, with traditional wisdom.”

The world’s environmental defenders have long taught us about the imperative to maintain and restore humans’ balance with nature, and this seems like a particularly good time to listen to them.

May you all be safe and healthy,

The Goldman Family

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Estimados amigos del Premio,

Debido a la pandemia de COVID-19 nos encontramos aprendiendo como cambiar y mejorar continuamente, cuidando de nosotros y de nuestras comunidades. Así como también estamos navegando la incertidumbre del momento. En este marco, decidimos tomar medidas extraordinarias para adaptarnos a este contexto de crisis: pospondremos el anuncio del Premio Ambiental Goldman hasta fecha indeterminada. La razón principal de este cambio es asegurar que el Premio brinde el mayor beneficio posible a nuestros fenomenales galardonados, cuyos mensajes e historias merecen la atención del mundo.

Nos comprometemos a actualizar a nuestra comunidad en cuanto tengamos una nueva fecha elegida para el anuncio.

Mientras tanto, quisiéramos compartir con ustedes algunas palabras de uno de los galardonados del año 2020:

“Les escribo desde mi tierra, donde el COVID-19 presenta un gran peligro a nuestros ancianos. Hemos visto como el virus se ha transferido al nivel global. Espero que, como humanos y sociedades, podamos aprender que el camino al bienestar está en restaurar el equilibrio entre la tierra y el agua, con sabiduría tradicional.”

Los defensores del medioambiente siempre nos han enseñado sobre la importancia de mantener el equilibrio entre los seres humanos y la naturaleza, y en este momento debemos escucharlos.

Esperamos que todos estén seguros y en buena salud,

La familia Goldman

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