In the lead-up to the 2016 Prize announcement in April, we thought it was time to showcase the incredible diversity of Prize recipients in the almost three decades of our existence.
These environmental heroes come from a variety of backgrounds, with many facing almost insurmountable challenges, such as war and government repression; even attacks from the corporations they’re fighting. Uniting them is their drive to create environmental change through community participation, and in doing so, embodying the values of grassroots activism.
Nominators Making It Possible
We would not even be able to identify this diverse pool of activists to honor with the Prize without the support from our wonderful nominating organizations. They tirelessly scour the earth for the unsung heroes whose grassroots activism has made a huge difference to their communities. Nominators like Fauna & Flora International led us to the work of not just one, but three wildlife defenders; Eugène Rutagarama (2001, Rwanda), Tuy Sereivathana (2010, Cambodia) and most recently, Howard Wood (2015, Scotland).
Our nominators at Earthworks shed light on activists working on an entirely different issue; the environmental injustice faced by indigenous communities. Thanks to them, we were able to honor the work of humanitarian priest Father Edwin Gariguez (2012, Philippines) and former First Nation Chief Marilyn Baptiste (2015, Canada).
Fauna & Flora International and Earthworks are just two of the 15 organizations we currently work with to identify heroes like these.
Looking ahead to the 2016 Prize Announcement
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