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.
Under threat of violence, environmental lawyer 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. For his safety, he is living in temporary exile in the United States.
Peter Veit, Director, Land and Resource Rights Initiative, Acting Director, Governance, WRI
Alfred Brownell, 2019 Goldman Prize winner for Africa and leader of Green Advocates, Liberia
The Goldman Environmental Prize honors grassroots environmental heroes around the world. The Prize recognizes individuals for efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk. The Prize honors grassroots leaders who are involved in local efforts, where positive change is created through community or citizen participation in the issues that affect them. Through recognizing these individual leaders, the Prize seeks to inspire other ordinary people to take extraordinary actions to protect the natural world. The Prize recipients focus on protecting endangered ecosystems and species, combating destructive development projects, promoting sustainability, influencing environmental policies, and striving for environmental justice.