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Goldman Prize Winners

The 2004 Goldman Environmental Prize recipients have been announced, and the international collection of winners serve as stirring reminders of the power of individual activism. The Goldman Prize was started 15 years ago as a way of honoring those who have made extraordinary efforts to fight the degradation of the global environment. Winners are chosen each year from six continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Island Nations, North America and South/Central America. Winners receive an award of $125,000.

From the Goldman Prize site:

The Goldman Environmental Prize is the world's largest prize program honoring grassroots environmentalists.

Founded in 1990, the Goldman Environmental Prize awards $750,000 annually to environmental heroes from six continental regions. Nominated confidentially by a network of renowned environmental organizations and environmental experts, recipients are chosen for their sustained and important environmental achievements. The Prize offers these environmental heroes the recognition, visibility, and credibility their efforts deserve.

This year's winners are:

  • Margie Eugene-Richard, who fought against Shell Chemical for its pollution and chemical waste spills in Norco, Louisiana, securing one of the biggest environmental justice victories yet.
  • Rashida Bee & Champa Devi Shukla, who are waging an ongoing fight against Dow Chemical, owners of Union Carbide, responsible for the tragedy at Bhopal, India.
  • Demetrio do Amaral de Carvalho, one of the founding leaders of East Timor, and the head of the first (and only) environmental NGO in that nation.
  • Manana Kochladze, founder of Green Alternative, an environmental and political activist group in the Republic of Georgia, now fighting against the BP-Unocal pipeline being built there.
  • Rudolf Amenga-Etego, founder of the National Coalition Against the Privatization of Water in Ghana, helping to rebuild Ghanaian civil society after years of military rule.
  • Libia Grueso, who led a campaign to secure more than 5.9 million acres in territorial rights for Colombia’s black rural communities, and is now focused on protecting Colombia’s Pacific rainforest.

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