Goldman Prize Honors Activists in Developing Nations

The San Francisco-based Goldman Environmental Foundation recently announced the six 2005 winners of its prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. Mexican subsistence farmer and indigenous community leader Isidro Baldenegro Lopez, Honduran priest and forestry reform activist Jose Andres Tamayo Cortez, Kazakhstani biologist and nuclear waste protestor Kaisha Atakhanova, Congalese botanist and rare species guardian Corneille E.N. Ewango, Romanian environmental organizer Stephanie Danielle Roth, and Haitian sustainable agriculture guru Chavannes Jean-Baptiste will each receive $125,000 for their tireless work on behalf of the environment.

2005 Goldman Prize Winners: Rear, L-R: Isidro Baldenegro López, Corneille Ewango, Stephanie Roth, Father José Andrés Tamayo. Seated: Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, Kaisha Atakhanova, Founder Richard N. Goldman.

“This year’s Goldman Prize recipients are battling on many fronts: from stopping devastating soil erosion, to fighting mining and illegal logging, to thwarting one nation’s plan to import nuclear waste,” foundation officials reported. “Through grassroots efforts, these heroes motivated entire nations, communities and international organizations to fight against corrupt governments, violent drug lords, independent militias and unlawful business interests.”

The Goldman Foundation first offered its coveted environmental prizes honoring activism across all six of the world"s continental regions in 1990. According to Richard N. Goldman, president of the Goldman Environmental Foundation, the goals of the prize are twofold: "To make the world aware of what the efforts of one individual can accomplish, and to influence world leadership, especially in the recipients’ home countries, to act positively and promptly to save our planet from further destruction."