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Occupy SMA Video Screening Allows You to Meet This Year’s Goldman Prize Winners

By Jim Carey

Calls to protect the planet are growing louder, but around the world, those defending their land and our environment are being silenced. More than three such people were murdered on average every week in 2018, with attacks driven by destructive industries like mining, logging, and agribusiness. Here in México, 14 environmental leaders were murdered, according to the NGO Global Witness.

On Monday, August 12, Occupy SMA will view six courageous people who won the Goldman Environmental Prize for 2019, the world’s first and largest award honoring grassroots environmental activists.

The prize was founded 30 years ago by Richard and Rhoda Goldman of 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.

The prize winners for 2019 include Alberto Curamil, an indigenous Mapuche who organized the people of Araucanía to stop the construction of two hydroelectric projects on the sacred Cautín River in central Chile. The destructive projects, canceled in late 2016, would have diverted hundreds of millions of gallons of water from the river each day, harming a critical ecosystem and exacerbating drought conditions in the region. In August 2018, Curamil was arrested and remains in jail today. Colleagues believe that he was arrested because of his environmental activism.

Linda Garcia organized her community to stop the Tesoro Savage oil export terminal in Vancouver, Washington. By preventing North America’s largest oil terminal from being built, she halted the flow of 11 million gallons of crude oil per day from North Dakota to Washington.

Under threat of violence, environmental lawy


er Alfred Brownell stopped the clear-cutting of Liberia’s tropical forests by palm oil plantation developers. His campaign protected 513,500 acres of primary forest that constitute one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots. He currently lives in exile in Boston.

Bayarjargal Agvaantseren helped create the 1.8 million-acre Tost Tosonbumba Nature Reserve in the South Gobi, a critical habitat for the vulnerable snow leopard, and persuaded the Mongolian government to prohibit all mining within the reserve.

Ana Colovic Lesoska led a seven-year campaign to cut off international funding for two large hydropower plants planned inside of North Macedonia’s Mavrovo National Park, thereby protecting the habitat of the nearly-extinct Balkan lynx.

Jacqueline Evans led a five-year campaign to protect the Cook Islands’ stunning marine biodiversity. Because of her organizing, the Cook Islands enacted legislation to sustainably manage all 763,000 square miles of the country’s ocean territory, with protected marine areas around all 15 islands.

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


Meeting and Video

Occupy SMA

The 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners

Mon, Aug 12, 1pm

Quinta Loreto Hotel

Loreto 15, Centro





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