May 14, 2013
A luncheon at the Capitol Building honoring the 2013 Goldman Prize recipients was a highlight of the Washington, DC Prize tour. The Prize was once again honored to have as its special guest, long-time friend of the Prize, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Congresswoman Pelosi congratulated each of the recipients for their leadership in their home countries and was very happy to introduce them to her colleagues in Congress.
Nearly 20 Members of Congress attended the luncheon and spoke with the recipients, learning more about their environmental efforts and the urgent challenges they are addressing at home.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut joined numerous House Representatives at the luncheon.
Goldman Prize recipient Aleta Baun of Indonesia presented Congresswoman Pelosi with a colorful, beautifully hand-woven scarf, made by her fellow indigenous women of Mollo on the island of Timor in Indonesia. Congresswoman Pelosi wore it proudly as she spoke to guests in attendance.