2015 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners Announced

2015 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners Announced

The in San Francisco has announced the recipients of the 2015 , an annual award that recognizes grassroots environmental leaders from around the globe.

Now in its twenty-sixth year, the program honors emerging leaders from each of the world's six permanently inhabited continental regions who are working to protect the environment and their communities. With an individual cash prize of $175,000 — up from the $150,000 awarded last year — the prize is the largest award for grassroots environmental activism in the world.

The 2015 recipients of the Goldman prize are Phyllis Omido of Kenya, who galvanized her community to shut down a smelter that was exposing residents to dangerous chemicals and causing lead poisoning in babies through breast milk; Myint Zaw of Myanmar, who, despite government scrutiny and limited access to social media tools, launched a movement that stopped construction of a dam on the Irrawaddy River; Howard Wood, who spearheaded a campaign to establish the first community-developed marine protected area (MPA) in Scotland; Jean Wiener of Haiti, who led community efforts to establish that nation's first MPAs; Marilyn Baptiste, a former chief of the Xeni Gwet'in First Nation in Canada, who led a campaign to defeat a proposed gold and copper mine that would have destroyed Fish Lake, a source of spiritual identity and livelihood for her community; and Berta Cáceres of Honduras, who rallied the indigenous Lenca people to pressure the world's largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam.

"Goldman Environmental Prize Honors Six Heroes of the Environment." Goldman Environmental Foundation Press Release 04/20/2015.