Every year, the Goldman Environmental Prize honors "grassroots environmental heroes" from the world’s six inhabited continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands & Island Nations, North America, and South & Central America. This year, the Prize was awarded to Marilyn Baptiste of Canada, Berta Caceres of Honduras, Phyllis Omido of Kenya, Jean Wiener from Haiti, Howard Wood of Scotland, and Myint Zaw from Myanmar. The individuals have all taken extraordinary actions to protect the environment, often at grave risk to themselves. For descriptions, click here.
Phyllis Omido, in particular, is well known to many of those who have followed my mandate. She spoke at our first regional consultation, in Nairobi in February 2013, about her efforts to find and disseminate information about health hazards from a smelter in Mombasa. Congratulations to Phyllis and to all of these advocates for a healthier environment!