December 1, 2020
On November 30, we announced the six 2020 Goldman Environmental Prize winners in a first-of-its-kind virtual award ceremony (available to watch on YouTube). Whether engaging with their causes internationally or in your own hometown, learn how you can support the work and activism of the 2020 Prize winners.
1. Go green energy with Chibeze Ezekiel
Chibeze Ezekiel (Ghana, 2020) stopped a coal power plant and port from being built in Ghana. Learn how you can support the fight for renewable energy at home and abroad:
- Follow Chibeze and his coalition on social media and support their work: 350.org and Strategic Youth Network for Development.
- Support local efforts where you live to prioritize renewable energy.
2. Reduce plastic waste with Kristal Ambrose
Kristal Ambrose (The Bahamas, 2020) knows that our oceans are facing a serious threat: plastics. She took action to ban single-use plastics in her country. You can join her fight:
- No action is too small. Ask your jurisdiction to ban single-use plastics!
- Support Kristal’s nonprofit organization, the Bahamas Plastic Movement.
3. Say no to GMO contamination with Leydy Pech
Leydy Pech (Mexico, 2020) and her Mayan community discovered that GM soybeans were harming their agrarian livelihood and culture—and killing bees—and took a stand to stop them:
- Support local honey production and bee-friendly products, free of pesticides and contamination.
- Find local suppliers of bee-friendly products and GMO-free honey, including: Environment America, Pollinate Farm & Garden, Biofuel Oasis, and CUESA.
4. Bank and invest ethically with Lucie Pinson
In the fight against climate change, Lucie Pinson (France, 2020) realized that “money speaks.” She set out to halt coal investments by major banks and insurers, and you can join her:
- Research your banks and investments to ensure that you are not subsidizing coal and other fossil fuels, via Lucie’s Coal Policy Tool.
- Check out Lucie’s new organization, Reclaim Finance, which compares financial institutions’ policies on coal investment.
5. Protect the Amazon with Nemonte Nenquimo
Thanks to the leadership of Nemonte Nenquimo (Ecuador, 2020) and the Waorani people, 500,000 acres of Amazonian rainforest are preserved. One of the world’s most important carbon sinks, the Amazon still needs your support:
- Support Nemonte and other indigenous women leaders in the Amazon.
- Learn about organizations working on the ground in Ecuador and the wider region, including: Amazon Frontlines, Alianza Ceibo, and Amazon Watch.
6. Conserve indigenous territory and culture with Paul Sein Twa
The 1.35-million-acre Salween River Peace Park is a testament to indigenous self-determination and conservation. Join Paul Sein Twa (Myanmar, 2020) in protecting biodiversity and indigenous autonomy:
- Support grassroots and indigenous environmentalists seeking to preserve nature, tradition, and land rights.
- Learn more and share news from Paul’s organization, KESAN.