The nominees for The Goldman Environmental Prize are selected confidentially by an international network of environmental organizations and individuals. From there, a jury made up of environmental leaders from all over the world come together to select the winners. Prize winners are then invited to participate in a 10-day tour of San Francisco and Washington, D.C. This trip includes an awards ceremony and presentation, as well as the chance to participate in, news conferences and media briefings. Meetings are organized for the winners to sit down with political, public policy and environmental leaders who have come to play a major role in shaping the world that we live in.
This year’s award winners include:
AFRICA PRIZE WINNER
RAOUL DU TOIT, Zimbabwe: Raoul du Toit coordinated conservation initiatives that have helped to develop and maintain the largest remaining black rhino populations in Zimbabwe.
ASIA PRIZE WINNER
DMITRY LISITSYN, Russia: Dmitry Lisitsyn fought to protect Sakhalin Island’s critical endangered ecosystems while also demanding safety measures from one of the world’s largest petroleum development projects
EUROPE PRIZE WINNER
URSULA SLADEK, Germany: In response to Germany’s expanded reliance on nuclear energy, Ursula Sladek created her country’s first cooperatively owned renewable power company.
ISLANDS PRIZE WINNER
PRIGI ARISANDI, Indonesia: Biologist Prigi Arisandi initiated a local movement to stop industrial pollution from flowing into a river that provides water to three million people.
NORTH AMERICA PRIZE WINNER
HILTON KELLEY, USA: Now leading the battle for environmental justice on the Texas Gulf Coast, Hilton Kelley fights for communities living in the shadow of polluting industries.
SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA PRIZE WINNER
FRANCISCO PINEDA, El Salvador: Living under the constant threat of assassination, Francisco Pineda led a citizens’ movement that stopped a gold mine from destroying El Salvador’s dwindling water resources
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