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Occupy SMA


By Jim Carey

On Monday, we will watch six short inspiring films which view the fire and hope that sustained the courageous women and men who won the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2012-13-14-16 and 2017. The Prize—the world’s first and largest award honoring grassroots environmental activists—was founded in 1989 by Richard and Rhoda Goldman from San Francisco.

The Prize honors women and men who take sustained grassroots actions to protect the environment in their communities. These environmental heroes come from the world’s six inhabited continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands and Island Nations, North America, and South and Central America. Often these women and men are from isolated villages or inner cities where they choose to take great personal risks to safeguard the environment. The Goldman Prize recipients focus on protecting endangered ecosystems and species, combating destructive development projects such as mining and nuclear waste. Each of them has a compelling story in which they fought against the “Corporate Trump Titans” in their land. Their actions, courage, and compassion are inspiring. They are ordinary women and men acting in extraordinary ways to protect the environment and their communities.

On Monday, in these videos, you will see them working in their communities and some of their acceptance speeches for the environmental prize. Rodrigo Tot, a 2017 winner, led his community to a landmark court decision that ordered the government to issue land titles to the Q’eqchi people and kept environmentally destructive nickel mining from expanding into his community and mining interests in Aqua Caliente, Guatemala. Mark Lopez, another 2017 winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize, led his East Yard Los Angeles Community for Environmental Justice to successfully close the Exide battery plant which spewed 7 million pounds of toxic lead, polluting the soils and poisoning the children of East L.A. Luis Jorge Herrera Rivera, the 2016 winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize, saved a beautiful ecological area of Puerto Rico from massive hotel-resort development. Ruth Buendía, the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize winner, united the Asháninka people of the Ene River Valley in a powerful campaign against large-scale dams that would have once again uprooted indigenous communities still recovering from Peru’s civil war. Unfazed by powerful political opponents and a pervasive culture of violence, Nohra Padilla, the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize winner, organized Colombia’s marginalized waste pickers to make recycling a legitimate part of waste management. Sofia Gatica, the 2012 Goldman Environmental Prize recipient, organized her community in Argentina against the toxic effects of Monsanto`s Roundup. They promote sustainability, influence environmental policies, and strive for environmental justice. The film is approximately 50 minutes and is followed by a discussion. Join us. All our events are free


Meeting, Film, and Discussion

Occupy SMA presents:

The Goldman Environmental

Mon, Oct 16, 1pm

Prize Winners – 2012-13-14-16 and 2017

Quinta Loreto Hotel

TV room

Loreto 15, Centro


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