2002 Goldman Prize recipient Fatima Jibrell’s work to mediate environmental degradation in East Africa has grown by leaps and bounds. The organization she founded, Adeso, now runs development and humanitarian programs in Kenya, Sudan and Somalia to promote food security, reinvigorate local economies, provide skills for life and work, and protect natural resources, providing economic alternatives to people who could otherwise turn to terrorism and piracy.

2013 Goldman Prize recipient Kimberly Wasserman led local residents in a successful campaign to shut down two of the country’s oldest and dirtiest coal plants — and is now transforming Chicago’s old industrial sites into parks and multi-use spaces.Describe the community of Little Village and how it shaped your path to becoming a community organizer.Little Village is very segregated from the rest of Chicago – it’s like its own little world within the city. It’s predominantly Mexican-American, with a lot of people who were born and raised in the neighborhood, many of whom don’t venture out until they’re in their twenties or thirties, if ever. Little Village also has the number one open space deficit in the city and is home to the largest jail in the U.S., Cook County. I always knew that whatever I was going to do, I wanted to work in Little Village and give back to the community and to show the young people that there is a bigger world and opportunities outside of Little

2006 Goldman Prize recipient Craig Williams’ campaign to safely dispose of the world’s stockpile of chemical weapons continues to keep him busy.Williams was awarded the Prize for the major role he played in ensuring that safe disposal methods were put in place at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky- where he lives- and at stockpile incineration sites all over the country.As a member of the Governor’s Commission on Chemical Weapons, and a central figure in the fight to eradicate chemical weapons, Williams has attended two sessions of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the international body overseeing global chemical weapon elimination efforts at The Hague in the Netherlands.According to Williams, nearly 98% of the world’s population- or 188 countries- are party to the treaty and 78.5% of the world’s declared chemical weapons stock piles have been safely destroyed.Since being awarded the Goldman Prize, Williams’ work has also been honored with

Following the 2013 Goldman Prize tour, Prize recipient Jonathan Deal spent several weeks touring around the United States to gather first-hand information about fracking from industry consultants, politicians, scientists and local citizens from communities where fracking is prevalent.Deal concluded his tour with a visit to the California State Senate in Sacramento, where he was formally introduced and had the opportunity to deliver a written appeal asking the California Senate to fully consider the negative effects of fracking.Reflecting on the experiences from his US travels, Deal stated, “fracking carries with it significant environmental risk, far-reaching secondary costs to tax payers, and locks economies - both developing and developed - into a further dependence on fossil fuels.”He also added, “Fracking firmly delays the emergence of renewable technologies.”While in Sacramento, Deal met one on one with Senator Fran Pavely, who stated, “Jonathan Deal is living proof that

This week we are spotlighting long-time friend of the Prize, Barbara Harrison. A local NBC news anchor in Washington, DC, Harrison has been the Master of Ceremonies for the DC Goldman Prize ceremony for nine years.Before moving to Washington, DC in 1981, Harrison worked as a news anchor for KGO-TV in San Francisco. She knew Mr. Richard Goldman for many years.Harrison has been honored with several awards for her work including several Emmys, the Ted Yates Award for outstanding community service, and an award from the International Film and TV Festival of New York for a half-hour special she reported and produced, “The Healing of Kuwait.”Year after year Harrison brings great energy and aplomb to the Goldman Prize ceremony, and year after year we are grateful for her dedication and efforts to spotlight the work of the Goldman Prize recipients. Thank you, Barbara! 

A luncheon at the Capitol Building honoring the 2013 Goldman Prize recipients was a highlight of the Washington, DC Prize tour. The Prize was once again honored to have as its special guest, long-time friend of the Prize, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.Congresswoman Pelosi congratulated each of the recipients for their leadership in their home countries and was very happy to introduce them to her colleagues in Congress. Nearly 20 Members of Congress attended the luncheon and spoke with the recipients, learning more about their environmental efforts and the urgent challenges they are addressing at home.Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut joined numerous House Representatives at the luncheon.Goldman Prize recipient Aleta Baun of Indonesia presented Congresswoman Pelosi with a colorful, beautifully hand-woven scarf, made by her fellow indigenous women of Mollo on the island of Timor in Indonesia. Congresswoman Pelosi wore it proud

While in Washington, DC, the 2013 Goldman Prize recipients met with longtime friend of the Prize, Chair Nancy Sutley of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and Deputy Assistant for Energy and Climate Change Heather Zichal.After Chair Sutley and Ms. Zichal congratulated the 2013 Prize recipients on their accomplishments, each of the Prize recipients had the opportunity to share their stories and discuss ways the CEQ could support them in their work.The group discussed the ramifications of our fossil fuel driven society and the impact of climate change on local communities. They also commented on the necessity of scientific research for making sound development decisions, especially in regard to resource extraction.Chair Sutley emphasized the importance of involving the public in government decisions, saying, “The law that created the CEQ also created a requirement for the federal government to review environmental impacts of all decision it makes. The US wanted to

Last month, the international community received news that 2009 Goldman Prize recipient, Marc Ona Essangui is facing possible jail time and a fee of nearly $10,000.00 US after recently being convicted of defamation by a Gabonese court.The defamation charge was filed after Ona allegedly spoke out against possible government corruption involving Soleman Liban, a senior advisor to Gabonese President Ali Bongo, and Olam Gabon, a foreign agricultural company that operates in Gabon.The global network of Goldman Prize recipients immediately jumped to action, working together to draft an open letter to the President of Gabon which was signed by over 50 Goldman Prize recipients and circulated on their networks. Ona was awarded the Goldman Prize in 2009 for his efforts to publicly expose the unlawful agreements behind a huge mining project threatening the sensitive ecosystems of Gabon’s equatorial rainforests. As one of Gabon’s most prominent environmental activists, the internation

During the 2013 Prize tour in San Francisco, the 2013 Goldman Prize recipients were honored with a reception at the Crissy Field Center in Presidio National Park, where they had the opportunity to interact with students from the local youth groups, including Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders (I-YEL).Prize recipients were interviewed by students before being introduced to the audience, where they each delivered brief remarks and words of encouragement for the youth. After the presentations, the Prize recipients participated in a tree-planting ceremony before enjoying refreshments and mingling with the students.Year after year, the youth reception at the Crissy Field Center continues to be a highlight of Prize tour, with Prize recipients coming away feeling reenergized and inspired by their experience with the students.Special thanks to the wonderful staff at the Crissy Field Center, Frank Dean and the National Park Service, Greg Moore and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and

While in Washington, DC last month, the 2013 Goldman Prize recipients had the opportunity to discuss their work with several senior staff at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including acting EPA Administrator Robert Perciasepe and Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Environmental Justice, Lisa Garcia.Other EPA staff in attendance included Cynthia Giles (Assistant Administrator, Enforcement and Compliance), Mathy Stanislaus (Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response), Bicky Corman (Deputy General Counsel), and Charles Lee (Deputy Assistant Administrator for Environmental Justice).Each of the Prize recipients had the opportunity to discuss their campaigns and highlight how the EPA’s support, assistance and partnership could be beneficial to their efforts in their home countries.Speaking on behalf of the efforts of all Goldman Prize recipients, 2013 North American Prize recipient Kim Wasserman of Chicago stated to Perciasepe and the officials in the r