Picture of Leydy Pech
Picture of Leydy Pech

Leydy Pech
Mexico / North America

Leydy Pech, an indigenous Mayan beekeeper, successfully halted Monsanto’s planting of genetically modified soybeans in southern Mexico.
Picture of Kristal Ambrose
Picture of Kristal Ambrose

Kristal Ambrose
The Bahamas / Islands and Island Nations

Drawing on the power of youth activism, Kristal Ambrose convinced the government of The Bahamas to ban single-use plastic bags, plastic cutlery, straws, and Styrofoam containers and cups.
Picture of Goldman Prize winner Paul Sein Twa
Picture of Goldman Prize winner Paul Sein Twa

Paul Sein Twa
Myanmar / Asia

Seeking to preserve both the environment and Karen culture in Myanmar, in December 2018 Paul Sein Twa led his people in establishing a 1.35-million-acre peace park—a unique and collaborative community-based approach to conservation—in the Salween River basin.
Picture of Lucie Pinson
Picture of Lucie Pinson

Lucie Pinson
France / Europe

In 2017, Lucie Pinson’s activism successfully pressured France’s three largest banks to eliminate financing for new coal projects and coal companies.
Picture of Goldman Prize winner Chibeze Ezekiel
Picture of Goldman Prize winner Chibeze Ezekiel

Chibeze Ezekiel
Ghana / Africa

As a direct result of Chibeze Ezekiel’s four-year grassroots campaign, the Ghanaian Minister of Environment canceled the construction of a 700-megawatt (MW) coal power plant and adjoining shipping port to import coal.

Nemonte Nenquimo
Ecuador / South and Central America

Nemonte Nenquimo led an indigenous campaign and legal action that resulted in a court ruling protecting 500,000 acres of Amazonian rainforest and Waorani territory from oil extraction.
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About the Goldman Prize Recipients

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.