The exciting work of the Goldman Prize winners should be an eye-opener to environmental funders. They reflect a level of diversity and grassroots activism in marginalized communities that is sadly lacking in green philanthropy. The environmental community rightly celebrates the annual Goldman Environmental Prize winners each year, with the six recipients each receiving $175,000, plus widespread publicity and praise for their work in sustainability, ecosystems, environmental health, or other related causes. Winners often put their lives and livelihoods at risk fighting for their communities, and the awards place an explicit emphasis on grassroots activism while deemphasizing large NGOs.
The result is a diverse and vibrant array of work that environmentalist activists are performing on the frontlines. It’s also a picture of environmentalism that green philanthropy as a whole—with its lagging diversity, disproportionately high support for large green groups, and underfunding of grassroots activism in marginalized communities—could learn a lot from.
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