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    Berta Cáceres wins the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize

    Apr 22, 2015 | No Comments

    Berta Caceres 2015 Goldman Environmental Award Recipient

    We are thrilled to congratulate Global Greengrants grantee Berta Cáceres on winning the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize.

    She and the five other grassroots environmental leaders accepted the prize this week for their brave dedication to protecting vulnerable people and ecosystems. We honor them for their outstanding leadership and commitment.

    Berta waged a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam. The dam on Honduras’ Gualcalque River would have cut off water and food to hundreds of Lenca people and violated their right to sustainably manage and live off their land.

    Berta Caceres 2015 Goldman Environmental Award Recipient

    Photos: Goldman Environmental Prize

    As the General Coordinator for the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, Berta confronts governmental patriarchy, the military, and corporations that want to exploit the Lenca people’s ancestral territory.

    Honduras’ male-dominated government has become increasingly adversarial toward activists, however, and Berta is frequently stopped by police, has been arrested numerous times, and was put on trial for her political work. Her colleagues have been seriously injured and killed for their activism.

    Listen to our 2014 conversation with Berta. Her story is also featured in our new report, Climate Justice and Women’s Rights: a guide to supporting grassroots women’s action.

    Congratulations to Berta and to all of the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prizewinners! Read about them here.

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      Living Aveda: an Indian excursion for clean water

      Apr 14, 2015 | No Comments

      Last year, Kim Jessen Roberson, Global Greengrants’ Director of Philanthropy traveled with 13 Aveda stylists, salon owners, and spa therapists to the foothills of the Himalayas in India. They visited Delhi and Rishikesh before reaching the village of Tilwari, where… Read more

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        Aftermath of Cyclone Pam: report from Vanuatu

        Mar 31, 2015 | No Comments

        Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu three weeks ago…and destroyed entire villages on the island of Erromango.
        About 10,000 people live on Erromango, the third largest island in Vanuatu. Because it is so sparsely populated, it is not high on the radar… Read more

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          My women and climate “aha” moment

          Mar 23, 2015 | One Comment

          By Trish Tierney, a member of the Global Giving Network steering committee

          A few weeks ago, a friend sent me a link to a Fast Company article titled “The Unique Challenges of Being a Middle-Aged Woman Entrepreneur.” It took me… Read more

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            Restoring fresh water and people’s health in Micronesia

            Jan 28, 2015 | No Comments

            A thick blanket of rainforest covers the Micronesian island of Pohnpei. Waterfalls pour over black basalt mountains. Though rivers seem plentiful, waterborne diseases have plagued people in the village of Kepirohi in southern Pohnpei.
            The problems started in the 1960s,… Read more

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              A victory for Miskito stewards of the forest

              Jan 16, 2015 | No Comments

              The indigenous Miskito people live amongst lush rainforests along the Caribbean Coast in Honduras. After a 40-year struggle, they won title to their ancestral land in 2013.

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                Shell oil to pay $84M for pollution in the Niger Delta

                Jan 8, 2015 | No Comments

                Shell has agreed to pay $84 million for two oil spills in the Niger Delta community of Bodo. A step in the right direction or a paltry sum in comparison with the devastation big oil is wreaking? It’s both.

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                  Maasai land grab is back on as Tanzania’s government renegs

                  Dec 2, 2014 | No Comments

                  UPDATE: Last October, Maasai people—including a Greengrant recipient—in Tanzania won an important victory when the government abandoned plans to kick them off their land. Now it looks like the land grab is back on.

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                    Saving the Leuser Ecosystem for orangutans, elephants, and people

                    Nov 24, 2014 | No Comments

                    Rudi Putra is standing up to palm oil interests illegally poaching one of the most incredible forests on Earth.

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                      Indigenous young people bring hope to their Siberian town

                      Oct 29, 2014 | One Comment

                      When we heard that a group of young people in Siberia has already achieved something they never imagined possible thanks to a Greengrant we gave just two months ago, it made us downright giddy. Read their amazing story.

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