Inspiring Grassroots Change

Last week, my colleague and I had the pleasure of attending the Goldman Environmental Prize Ceremony, an annual event that recognizes grassroots environmentalists from six regions around the world. Many of the winners come from small communities with limited resources, but were still able to bring about impressive changes for the health of the environment and their local communities. 

This year, the Goldman Prize winners were:

 Thuli Brilliance Makama--Swaziland, Africa

Makama is Swaziland's only public interest environmental attorney, and won a landmark case to include environmental NGO representation in the Swaziland Environmental Authority, reinforcing the right to public participation in environmental decision making.

Tuy Sereivathana--Cambodia, Asia

Sereivathana, known as "Uncle Elephant," introduced innovative solutions to mitigate human-elephant conflict in Cambodia, empowering local communities to cooperatively participate in elephant conservation.

 Malgorzata Gorska--Poland, Europe

Gorska's leadership in the fight to stop a controversial highway project led to a significant legal precedent for environmental protection in the European Union and protected one of Europe's last true wilderness areas.

 Humberto Rios Labrada--Cuba, Islands and Island Nations

Scientist and biodiversity researcher Labrada worked with farmers to increase crop diversity and develop low-input agricultural systems, encouraging Cuba's shift away from agricultural chemical dependence.

Lynn Henning--United States, North America

Family farmer Henning exposed the polluting practices of livestock factory farms in rural Michigan, gaining the attention of the federal EPA and prompting state regulators to issue hundreds of citations for water quality violations.

 Randall Arauz--Costa Rica, South and Central America

Drawing international attention to the environmentally-catastrophic and inhumane shark finning industry, Arauz led the campaign to halt the practice in Costa Rica, aiding his country in becoming the international model for shark protection.


The Goldman Prize winners provide inspiring reminders that even seemingly small efforts can truly make a lasting impact on a local, national, and international scale. Seacology is a firm believer that a little can go a long way toward making a difference. Our projects are low-budget, but designed with a win-win strategy that achieves maximum impact, addressing both environmental and humanitarian needs. To read more about Seacology's grassroots projects, click here.



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