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Occupy SMA

By Jim Carey

On Monday, we will view the fire and hope that sustained the courageous women and men who won the Goldman Environmental Prize for 2018. The prize—the world’s first and largest award honoring grassroots environmental activists—was founded by Richard and Rhoda Goldman in San Francisco in 1989.

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, including Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands and Island Nations, North America, South America, and Central America. Often these women and men are from isolated villages or inner cities and they choose to take great personal risks to safeguard their environment. The Goldman Prize recipients focus on protecting endangered ecosystems and species, as well as combating destructive development projects such as mining and nuclear waste. They have compelling stories 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.

In this film, you will see them working in their communities and some of their acceptance speeches for this environmental prize.

Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid built a broad coalition to stop the South African government’s massive secret nuclear deal with Russia. On April 26, 2017, the High Court ruled that the $76 billion nuclear power project was unconstitutional.

Khanh Nguy Thi advocated for sustainable long-term energy projections. She partnered with state officials to reduce coal dependency and move toward a greener energy future for Vietnam.

Claire Nouvian and her coalition of advocates ultimately secured French support for a ban on deep-sea bottom trawling that led to an EU-wide ban.

Manny Calonzo spearheaded an advocacy campaign that persuaded the Philippine government to enact a national ban on the production, use, and sale of lead paint. As of 2017, 85 percent of the paint market in the Philippines has been certified as lead safe.

LeeAnne Walters led a citizens’ movement that tested the tap water in Flint, Michigan, and exposed the Flint water crisis. The results showed that one in six homes had lead levels in water that exceeded the EPA’s safety threshold. Walters’ persistence compelled the government to take action and ensure that residents of Flint have access to clean water.

A formidable leader of the Afro-Colombian community, Francia Márquez organized the women of La Toma and stopped illegal gold mining on their ancestral land. She exerted steady pressure on the Colombian government and spearheaded a 10-day, 350-mile march of 80 women to the nation’s capital, resulting in the removal of all illegal miners and equipment from her community.

The passion, power, and stories of these women and men are beautifully depicted. Join us on Monday. You will leave inspired. All our events are free.


Meeting and Film

Occupy SMA presents

The Goldman Environmental Prize Winners for 2018

Mon, Jul 9, 1pm

Quinta Loreto Hotel

TV Room

Loreto 15, Centro



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