Celebrating 25 Years of Environmental Activism at the 2014 Goldman Prize Ceremony

April 29, 2014

The 25th annual Goldman Environmental Prize ceremony took place on Monday, April 28, 2014 at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House, followed by a reception at City Hall.

Nearly 4,000 guests were inspired and motivated by the courageous stories of the 2014 Goldman Prize recipients: Desmond D’Sa from South Africa; Ramesh Agrawal from India; Suren Gazaryan from Russia; Rudi Putra from Indonesia; Helen Slottje from USA; and Ruth Buendia from Peru. To find out more about this year’s recipients, click HERE.

The standing-room only event was full of surprises and specials guests, including Bonnie Raitt and Graham Nash who delivered knock-out musical performances. Graham Nash also performed at the very first Goldman Prize ceremony in 1990. Master of Ceremonies Soledad O’Brien, Goldman Prize President John Goldman and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. gave moving speeches that energized and excited the crowd.

Even the stage design got a refresh for the anniversary, with a huge living wall of greenery complete with “25” spelled out in red flowers, courtesy of David Brenner and Habitat Horticulture.

After the ceremony, guests moved to City Hall where they were treated to a menu of local and organic food and drink provided by McCalls catering and Bonterra Organic Vineyards.

Just when the evening appeared to be winding down, a flash mob choreographed by Heath Hunter, accompanied by a pair of African drummers, delighted the crowd with a surprise dance performance to “Revolution in Paradise” on the marble staircase in City Hall.

Congratulations to the awe-inspiring 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize recipients, and thank you to everyone who helped make our 25th anniversary truly spectacular.

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Graham Nash performing at the 2014 Goldman Prize ceremony

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Special guest speaker Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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Master of Ceremonies Soledad O’Brien

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Musical guests Bonnie Raitt and Graham Nash