The Goldman Environmental Prize is the world's largest award honoring the achievements and leadership of grassroots environmental activists from around the world, inspiring all of us to take action to protect our planet.
The Goldman Environmental Prize honors grassroots environmental heroes from the world’s six inhabited continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands & Island Nations, North America, and South & Central America. The Prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk. The Goldman Prize views “grassroots” leaders as those involved in local efforts, where positive change is created through community or citizen participation in the issues that affect them. Through recognizing these individual leaders, the Prize seeks to inspire other ordinary people to take extraordinary actions to protect the natural world.
The Goldman Environmental Prize ceremony is held at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House every April, followed by a ceremony in Washington, D.C., two days later. Both events are by invitation only. More than 4,000 people attend the always packed, emotion-filled events. The ceremony features short documentary films to provide an introduction to the Prize recipients and their accomplishments. In San Francisco, a member of the Goldman family presents the recipients with their Ouroboros statuettes, following the recipients’ address to the audience. The celebration continues at a reception at San Francisco City Hall featuring organic and seasonal ingredients. We make every effort to compost and recycle, keeping our celebration as sustainable as possible. The 2018 ceremony in San Francisco took place on Monday, April 23.
The 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize ceremony will be held on Monday, April 29, in San Francisco, and on Wednesday, May 1, in Washington, D.C.