Goldman Environmental Prize Goes to Mega-Dam Fighters

Congratulations to the six individuals from around the world who were awarded with the Goldman Environmental Prize this week! We are especially excited that two of the six were recognized for their courageous work in stopping the construction of mega-dams.

Myint Zaw in Bagan, Myanmar. Photo by Goldman Environmental Prize

Myint Zaw in Bagan, Myanmar. Photo by Goldman Environmental Prize

 

Myint Zaw from Myanmar was instrumental in defeating the proposed Myitsone Dam, a 6,000 megawatt hydropower project proposed by a Chinese state-owned dam developer. Despite his country’s harsh censorship policies, Zaw spread awareness and gained support through a series of art exhibits throughout his country until President Thein Sein terminated the dam’s construction.

 

 

 

Berta Cáceres stands at the Gualcarque River in the Rio Blanco region of western Honduras where she, COPINH (the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras) and the people of Rio Blanco have maintained a two year struggle to halt construction on the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric project, that poses grave threats to local environment, river and indigenous Lenca people from the region. Photo by Goldman Environmental Prize

Berta Cáceres sits at the Gualcarque River in the Rio Blanco region of western Honduras. Photo by Goldman Environmental Prize

 

 

Honduran Berta Cáceres helped lead the campaign against the Agua Zarca Dam. She cofounded the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). The people of Rio Blanco maintained a two year struggle to halt construction on the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric project by organizing strategic blockades, which finally exasperated the Chinese state-owned developer  (DESA) until the companies surrendered their construction plans.

 

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Read more about Zaw, Cáceres, and the other Goldman Environmental Prize winners here!

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