April 26, 2018

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize!

News Source: Marine Watch International

Author(s): Alexandra Sangmeister

The Goldman Environmental Prize is the world's largest award honoring grassroots environmental activists. The Prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk. This year’s European winner is Claire Nouvain, from France, for her focused, data-driven advocacy campaign against the destructive fishing practice of deep-sea bottom trawling, successfully pressuring French supermarket giant and fleet owner Intermarché to change its fishing practices. Her coalition of advocates ultimately secured French support for a ban on deep-sea bottom trawling that led to an EU-wide ban.

I have been attending the Goldman Prize for over a decade.  Every year, the winners have inspired me to learn what organizations around the world are taking action at the grassroots level to protect the ocean. Now with, we can help raise awareness of their work and provide a platform for these organizations to work together.

Liz McDaid, one of the 2 South Africa’s winners, made a statement that rang true for our work, “One person can make a difference, but a community is unstoppable.”