Introducing the 2017 Goldman Prize Winners

April 23, 2017

Congratulations to the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners!

mark! Lopez, United States: Born and raised in a family of community activists, mark! Lopez persuaded the state of California to provide comprehensive lead testing and cleanup of East Los Angeles homes contaminated by a battery smelter that had polluted the community for over three decades.

mark! Lopez, 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize recipient for North America. (Photo: Goldman Environmental Prize)

Uroš Macerl, Slovenia: Uroš Macerl, an organic farmer from Slovenia, successfully stopped a cement kiln from co-incinerating petcoke with hazardous industrial waste by rallying legal support from fellow Eko Krog activists and leveraging his status as the only citizen allowed to challenge the plant’s permits.

Uroš Macerl, 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize recipient for Europe. (Photo: Goldman Environmental Prize)

Prafulla Samantara, India: An iconic leader of social justice movements in India, Prafulla Samantara led a historic 12-year legal battle that affirmed the indigenous Dongria Kondh’s land rights and protected the Niyamgiri Hills from a massive, open-pit aluminum ore mine.

Prafulla Samantara, 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize recipient for Asia. (Photo: Goldman Environmental Prize)

Wendy Bowman, Australia: In the midst of an onslaught of coal development in Australia, octogenarian Wendy Bowman stopped a powerful multinational mining company from taking her family farm and protected her community in Hunter Valley from further pollution and environmental destruction.

Wendy Bowman, 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize recipient for Islands and Island Nations. (Photo: Goldman Environmental Prize)

Rodrigo Tot, Guatemala: An indigenous leader in Guatemala’s Agua Caliente, Rodrigo Tot led his community to a landmark court decision that ordered the government to issue land titles to the Q’eqchi people and kept environmentally destructive nickel mining from expanding into his community.

Rodrigo Tot, 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize recipient for South and Central America. (Photo: Goldman Environmental Prize)

Rodrigue Katembo, Democratic Republic of Congo: Putting his life on the line, Rodrigue Katembo went undercover to document and release information about bribery and corruption in the quest to drill for oil in Virunga National Park, resulting in public outrage that forced the company to withdraw from the project.

Rodrigue Katembo, 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize recipient for Africa. (Photo: Goldman Environmental Prize)

Don’t miss watching these brave activists receive their awards and join us as we stream live on Monday April 24!