Last week, Goldman Prize winners Kimberly Wasserman (2013) and Maria Gunnoe (2009) joined Goldman Prize Board members John and Doug Goldman for “The Goldman Prize at 25,” a public event at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.
In the first half of the two part program, John and Doug Goldman discussed the history of the Goldman Prize and the impact that Goldman Prize winners have had on the environmental movement over the last 25 years.
In the second part of the program, Maria Gunnoe and Kim Wasserman explored the connection between coal production in the mountains of Appalachia and coal burning in Chicago’s power plants, as well as the human and environmental costs that accompany it.
Maria also spoke about the recent coal-related chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water of over 300,000 West Virginians, saying “there is no safe water in the state of West Virginia.”
The event was part of the Commonwealth Club’s Climate One project, which seeks to foster wide-ranging discussions on environmental, energy, and climate change issues, and make these discussions available to a broad range of people around the world.
Following each section of the program, speakers had the opportunity to answer questions from the audience, which sparked several thoughtful discussions. The program was moderated by Climate One founder and Commonwealth Club Vice President Greg Dalton.
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