Goldman Prize Honors Eco-Warriors

What do a West Virginia coal miner?s daughter, a group of
Australian aboriginal grandmothers, and a Spanish physicist have in
common? They?re all winners of this year?s Goldman Environmental
Prize, the world?s most prestigious award for eco-activists. Funded
by the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Foundation, the prize has been
awarded every year since 1990 to one or more activists from each
continent. Each winner receives a grant of $250,000 to support
their work.

This year?s winners include:

  • Julia Bond?A West Virginia native and coal miner?s daughter who
    has led the fight to ban mountain-top removal mining, which she
    calls ?strip mining on steroids.?
  • Eileen Kampakuta Brown and Eileen Wani Wingfield?These
    Aboriginal elders are at the forefront of the campaign to block
    construction of a nuclear waste dump in their South Australian
    desert homeland.
  • Pedro Arrojo-Agudo?A physicist and economics professor,
    Arrojo-Agudo is the principal architect behind the campaign to stop
    the Spanish government?s plan to dam and re-route the country?s
    last remaining free-flowing rivers.

Visit the Goldman Prize web site for detailed biographies and
resources on these inspiring activists, as well as this year?s
other three honorees.
?Leif Utne

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