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Eco Heroes Win Goldman Environmental Prize

Winners showcase grassroots struggles across the globe to achieve environmental justice. These struggles are vital but at some point they must culminate in a change of policy. This 2013 excerpt is from Common Dreams, Apr 15.

by Andrea Germanos

From Colombia, Iraq, Italy, the U.S., Indonesia and South Africa, these grassroots environmentalists have led successful campaigns and achieved local victories.

Winner and engineer Azzam Alwash left California to return to his homeland of Iraq and set out to restore the country's Garden of Eden—the marshes Saddam Hussein drained in one of the world's worst ecological and cultural catastrophes.

U.S. winner Kimberly Wasserman helped lead the campaign to shut down two of the nation's dirtiest coal-fired power plants in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood.

Nohra Padilla from Colombia: Unfazed by powerful political opponents and a pervasive culture of violence, Nohra Padilla organized Colombia's marginalized waste pickers to make recycling a legitimate part of waste management.

2013 marks the 24th year of the prize, which honors grassroots environmentalists in the six inhabited continental regions. In addition to increased awareness for their issues, the winners each receive $150,000.

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JJS: When humans act for the greater good, I feel good. I need to know people like them exist. And they and everyone need to know that if we’re ever to finally win, we can’t do it issue by issue but must change the undergirding customs, the overarching laws, the confining attitudes, and the social momentum for accepting the ways things have always been done.

Basically, people don’t damage the earth just to damage the earth, they do so heedlessly in the pursuit of income. Income is not bad, it is something everyone needs. And people can gain income without harming the earth.

How? By using geonomics. Essentially, quit subsidizing the grey ways and start paying citizens a dividend from the worth of Earth. Check it out. It has worked wherever tried. Then we’ll have a lot more to celebrate -- an ultimate victory!


Editor Jeffery J. Smith runs the Forum on Geonomics and helped prepare a course for the UN on geonomics. To take the “Land Rights” course, click here .

Also see:

When Taxpayers Pay People to Rebuild in Harm's Way

Not Enough Earth For Everybody?

Human Byproducts Harm Us & Non-Humans, too

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