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Activism for Energy: An Intimate Conversation with 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners

Join WRI in recognizing three of the 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize recipients from Africa and Asia: Makoma Lekalakala, Liz McDaid and Khanh Nguy Thi. The winners will share their stories and then join a conversation with experts on environmental activism in the energy space, and regional approaches on the transition to clean energy.

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Environmental activists across the world are fighting to protect local resources despite increasing exposure to threat. They stand up to powerful corporate and political interests, refusing to be silenced.

On April 25, 2018, WRI will recognize Makoma Lekalakala, Liz McDaid and Khanh Nguy Thi, three of this year’s prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize winners.

As grassroots activists, 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 – a landmark legal victory that protected South Africa from an unprecedented expansion of the nuclear industry and production of radioactive waste.

In Vietnam, Khanh Nguy Thi used scientific research to engage Vietnamese state agencies to advocate for sustainable long-term energy projections. Highlighting the cost and environmental impacts of coal, she partnered with state officials to reduce coal dependency and move toward a greener energy future in Vietnam.

After sharing their incredible stories, Lekalakala, McDaid and Thi will join an intimate discussion with experts on activism in the energy space and regional approaches to the clean energy transition.

The Goldman Environmental Prize recognizes individuals who have undertaken significant efforts to protect their communities and the environment, often at great personal risk. The prize is one of the most prestigious environmental awards in the world, which honors activists from six continents each year.

Speakers

  • Khanh Nguy Thi, 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize Recipient, Asia

  • Makoma Lekalakala, 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize Recipient, Africa

  • Liz McDaid, 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize Recipient, Africa

  • Alex Perera, Energy Program Deputy Director, World Resources Institute

  • Davida Wood, Energy Access & Governance Lead, World Resources Institute

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