Monday, April 24, 2017

Wendy Bowman: Corporate arrows did not scare her

The Goldman Environmental Prize, dubbed the Green Nobel Prize, honors grassroots environmental heroes from Europe, Asia, North America, Central and South America, Africa, and Island and Island nations.

Some advice for activists on how to stay motivated in the face of despair.
Originally published at Triple Crisis
Triple Crisis blogger Liz Stanton delivered the following talk at a Brookline (MA) Climate Week event on April 1. Stanton is the founder and director of the Applied Economics Clinic at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), Tufts University, described as follows on its website
  1. If one of us gets sick, we all get sick: Germs trump the cult of individualism every time. In the end, we live in a society and our fates are tied together.
  2. When we share, there’s enough for everyone: And when you share, don’t you find that so often the real point is the act of sharing, and not really the thing that’s getting divvied up.
  3. Everyone else first and then me: My needs are not meaningless, but I don’t come first. And I’m good with that.

The first time a mine forced Wendy Bowman off her Hunter Valley farm, it followed a four-year legal battle in which she fought to prove her land had been destroyed.

The second time she was served an eviction notice, with just six weeks to make way for a new mine.
The third time, she said "enough was enough".
At 83, Mrs Bowman seems an unlikely character to be taking on Yancoal, one of the biggest mining companies in the world. And yet the self-described "country girl" has been lauded for "turning the tables" in the fight against coal development in the Hunter Valley.Hunter Valley woman Wendy Bowman, 83, awarded the Goldman ...

Australian farmer wins global environmental award - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Hunter Valley woman Wendy Bowman, 83, awarded the Goldman ...

Wendy Bowman has received the Goldman Environmental Prize in the United States, and is the first Australian to be honoured in almost 15 years

Wendy Bowman wins global award

Story image for environmental award wendy bowman from

Meet the winners of the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize

The Goldman Environmental Prize, dubbed the Green Nobel Prize, ... Mugaruka Katembo from DRC and Wendy Bowman from Australia.

       This is one of those rejected-then-acclaimed works --Rejected 32 times, The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw wins NSW Premier's Literary Award, Susan Wyndham reported in the Sydney Morning Herald -- a second novel (more or less -- there was some co-written stuff in between) more than a quarter of a century after the author's debut. But it doesn't seem to have really taken off or made that much of an impact outside Australia.