Global Grassroots Leaders: 2012 Goldman Prize Winners

Reader Contribution by Miriam Landman
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<p>The <a target=”_blank” href=”” title=”Goldman Environmental Prize”>Goldman Environmental Prize</a> is the world&rsquo;s largest and most prestigious annual award for grassroots environmentalists.
<p>&ldquo;The Prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant
efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great
personal risk. Each winner receives an award of $150,000, the largest
award in the world for grassroots environmentalists. The Goldman Prize
views &lsquo;grassroots&rsquo; leaders as those involved in local efforts, where
positive change is created through community or citizen participation in
the issues that affect them. Through recognizing these individual
leaders, the Prize seeks to inspire other ordinary people to take
extraordinary actions to protect the natural world.&rdquo;</p>
<p>The Goldman Prize ceremony (which is held in San Francisco) is one of
the best events I attend every year. The recipients are models of
courage, and their stories are powerful and inspiring. This year&rsquo;s six
prize winners (one from each of the six inhabited continental regions)
<a target=”_blank” href=”” title=”Caroline Cannon”>Caroline Cannon</a> (Point Hope, AK, USA) – Issue: Oil and gas drilling</li>
<a target=”_blank” href=”” title=”Sofia Gatica”>Sofia Gatica</a> (Argentina) – Issue: Toxic/lethal pesticides</li>
<a target=”_blank” href=”” title=”Ma Jun”>Ma Jun</a> (China) – Issue: Pollution from manufacturing plants</li>
<a target=”_blank” href=”” title=”Edwin Gariguez”>Edwin Gariguez</a> (Philippines) – Issue: Nickel mining</li>
<a target=”_blank” href=”” title=”Ikal Angelei”>Ikal Angelei</a> (Kenya) – Issue: Large dam development and water security</li>
<a target=”_blank” href=”” title=”Evgenia Chirikova”>Evgenia Chirikova</a> (Russia) – Issue: Highway development in a protected forest</li>
<p>Click on each recipient&rsquo;s name to read about, or watch a brief video about, their remarkable efforts and achievements.</p>
<p>Here&rsquo;s the three-minute video about <a target=”_blank” href=”” title=”Caroline Cannon, Goldman Prize winner”>Caroline Cannon</a>,
who has been &ldquo;bringing the voice and perspective of her Inupiat
community in Point Hope to the battle to keep Arctic waters safe from
offshore oil and gas drilling.&rdquo; Shell and other oil companies currently
have plans to drill in the Arctic.</p>
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<p>Last year&rsquo;s recipient from the U.S. was <a target=”_blank” href=”” title=”Hilton Kelley”>Hilton Kelley</a>, who has been fighting for environmental justice on the Gulf Coast of Texas.</p>
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<em>Miriam Landman</em>
<em> is an accomplished writer,
editor, and sustainability advisor with expertise in green living, green
building, and sustainable communities. For daily links to sustainable solutions
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