Introducing the 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners

April 29, 2019

Meet these six extraordinary individuals who have moved mountains to protect our planet. Join us in celebrating the winners by watching the 30th anniversary Ceremony live today at 5:30 pm PDT on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube and follow #GoldmanPrize30 on social media for updates.

Alfred Brownell, Liberia

Under threat of violence, environmental lawyer Alfred Brownell stopped the clear-cutting of Liberia’s tropical forests by palm oil plantation developers. His campaign protected 513,500 acres of primary forest that constitute one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots. For his safety, he is living in temporary exile in the United States.

Bayara Agvaantseren, Mongolia

Bayarjargal Agvaantseren helped create the 1.8 million-acre Tost Tosonbumba Nature Reserve in the South Gobi Desert—a critical habitat for the vulnerable snow leopard—and persuaded the Mongolian government to prohibit all mining within the reserve.

 Ana Colovic Lesoska, North Macedonia

Ana Colovic Lesoska led a seven-year campaign to cut off international funding for two large hydropower plants planned inside of North Macedonia’s Mavrovo National Park, thereby protecting the habitat of the nearly-extinct Balkan lynx.

Jacqueline Evans, Cook Islands

Jacqueline Evans led a five-year campaign to protect the Cook Islands’ stunning marine biodiversity. Because of her persistent organizing, the Cook Islands enacted new legislation—Marae Moana—to sustainably manage and conserve all 763,000 square miles of the country’s ocean territory, designating marine protected areas (MPAs) around all 15 islands.

 Linda Garcia, United States

Linda Garcia organized her community to stop construction of the Tesoro Savage oil export terminal in Vancouver, Washington. By preventing North America’s largest oil terminal from being built, Garcia halted the flow of 11 million gallons of crude oil per day from North Dakota to Washington.

Alberto Curamil, Chile

Alberto Curamil organized his Mapuche community to stop the construction of two hydroelectric projects on the sacred Cautín River in Chile. The projects would have diverted hundreds of millions of gallons of water each day, harming a critical ecosystem and exacerbating drought conditions. In 2018, Curamil was arrested and remains in jail today. Colleagues believe that he was targeted because of his activism.