An intimate gathering to meet and honor the 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner for Islands and Island Nations, Jacqueline Evans.

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2019 Goldman Environmental Prize winner Jacqueline Evans is being honored for her work in leading a grassroots campaign to conserve and protect all 763,000 square miles of the Cook Island’s ocean territory, including the designation of 125,000 square miles as marine protected areas. Jacqueline’s persistence and organizing led to the passage of a new law, Marae Moana, which will ensure that the Cook Island’s cultural and economic ties to the ocean are protected against large-scale commercial fishing and seabed mining.


  • Craig Hanson, Vice President, Food, Forests, Water, & the Ocean, WRI
  • Michael Sutton, Executive Director, Goldman Foundation
  • Jacqueline Evans, 2019 Goldman Prize winner and Director, Marae Moana Coordination Office

About the Goldman Prize

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.

Over 30 years, the Goldman Prize has awarded 188 environmental champions. Learn more about the 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize winners.

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