Gloria Majiga-Kamoto
Gloria Majiga-Kamoto

Gloria Majiga-Kamoto
Malawi / Africa

Concerned about the environmental harm caused by mounting plastic pollution in Malawi, Gloria Majiga-Kamoto fought the plastics industry and galvanized a grassroots movement in support of a national ban on thin plastics, a type of single-use plastic.
Thai Van Nguyen
Thai Van Nguyen

Thai Van Nguyen
Vietnam / Asia

Thai Van Nguyen founded Save Vietnam’s Wildlife, which rescued 1,540 pangolins from the illegal wildlife trade between 2014 and 2020, and he established Vietnam’s first anti-poaching unit, which, since 2018, has destroyed 9,701 animal traps and dismantled 775 illegal camps.
Kimiko Hirata
Kimiko Hirata

Kimiko Hirata
Japan / Islands and Island Nations

Over the past several years, Kimiko Hirata’s grassroots campaign led to the cancellation of 13 coal power plants (7GW or 7,030MW) in Japan.
Maid Bilal
Maid Bilal

Maida Bilal
Bosnia and Herzegovina / Europe

Maida Bilal led a group of women from her village in a 503-day blockade of heavy equipment that resulted in the cancellation of permits for two proposed dams on the Kruščica River in December 2018.
Sharon Lavigne
Sharon Lavigne

Sharon Lavigne
United States / North America

In September 2019, Sharon Lavigne, a special education teacher turned environmental justice advocate, successfully stopped the construction of a US$1.25 billion plastics manufacturing plant alongside the Mississippi River in St. James Parish, Louisiana.
Liz Chicaje Churay
Liz Chicaje Churay

Liz Chicaje Churay
Peru / South and Central America

In January of 2018, as a result of the efforts of Liz Chicaje Churay and her partners, the Peruvian government created Yaguas National Park. Comparable in size to Yellowstone National Park, the new park protects more than two million acres of Amazon rainforest.
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Goldman Environmental Prize recipients focus on protecting endangered ecosystems and species, combating destructive development projects, promoting sustainability, influencing environmental policies, and striving for environmental justice. Prize recipients are ordinary citizens who choose to take great personal risks to safeguard the environment and their communities.