Since it’s creation in 1990, the Goldman Environmental Prize is awarded each year to grassroots environmental activists who are changing the world for the better through their work.
This year’s recipients include: a French campaigner against destructive fishing practices; a Colombian woman who stopped illegal gold-mining on her ancestral land; a Philippino man who successfully advocated for a ban of lead paint; a US woman who exposed the Flint water crisis; two women whose work stopped a nuclear deal between South Africa and Russia; and Khanh Nguy Thi who founded our climate change project in Vietnam.
Nguy Thi saw first hand the effect of coal pollution growing up in a rural village in North Vietnam, next to a coal plant. After finishing her education Nguy Thi decided to learn as much as she could about coal and work towards creating a sustainable plan to help Vietnam tackle coal pollution and climate change.
She worked closely with media outlets to help the people of Vietnam understand the dangers of coal and create widespread public debate which allowed her to collaborate with the Vietnamese government on a revised energy development plan. Thanks to Nguy Thi’s involvement, the Vietnamese government have been able to move towards energy independence and a greener future.
At Kaya, we value all our projects and the work that they do. We believe that travelling and cultural connections form the foundations of a better world and are thrilled that Nguy Thi and her team have received the recognition they deserve through this award!