Goldman Prize Winners Face Down Danger for Earth's Sake

WASHINGTON, DC, April 21, 2005 (ENS) - Six citizen activists who work to protect the environment in difficult and dangerous situations are the 2005 winners of the annual Goldman Environmental Prize for grassroots environmental activism.

At the awards ceremony Wednesday evening at the National Geographic Society, the $125,000 prizes were awarded to an activist from each region of the world. These people have motivated their nations, communities and international organizations to battle corrupt governments, independent militias, and unlawful business interests to stop destructive logging, mining and nuclear contamination.


Insurance company founder Richard Goldman of San Francisco established the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1990. (Photos courtesy Goldman Prize)
The prize has two goals, said the man who established the award in 1990, Richard Goldman, president of the Goldman Environmental Foundation. "The first is to make the world aware of what the efforts of one individual can accomplish; and the second, to influence world leadership, especially in the recipients’ home countries, to act positively and promptly to save our planet from further destruction. The 2005 Goldman Environmental Prize winners meet and exceed that standard."

Nominated confidentially by a network of environmental organizations and experts, including former Prize winners, distinguished environmentalists, activists and policymakers, recipients are chosen for their sustained and important environmental achievements.

"The caliber of this year's winners takes environmental activism to new heights for risk, dedication, and vision," Goldman said.

The Goldman Prize honorees for 2005 are:

The Goldman Environmental Prize was established in 1990 by Richard and the late Rhoda Goldman. Their hope in starting this annual prize was to demonstrate the international nature of environmental problems, to draw public attention to global issues of critical importance, to reward individuals for outstanding grassroots environmental initiatives and to inspire others to emulate the examples set by the Prize recipients.

Since the Goldman Prize was first given in 1990, 107 environmental activists from 65 countries have been recognized.