Ikal Angelei Wins 2012 Goldman Environmental Prize
Today, April 16, 2012, our friend and partner Ikal Angelei, Director of Friends of Lake Turkana, joins the ranks of the distinguished winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize.
Each year, six activists are chosen from around the world – one from each inhabited region – to be honored for their "sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk." Ikal has won the prize for Africa, and is the first person from the region to ever be honored for dam fighting.
Read the press release for information on the Goldman Prize and the two activists who are being honored for their work to protect rivers.
Ikal has been working to organize the indigenous communities around Lake Turkana to stop the massive Gibe III Dam in Ethiopia, which would essentially cut off the main water supply of Lake Turkana and devastate the environment and the communities who depend on the lake for their survival. Ikal and her colleagues have successfully managed to keep most international financiers from investing in the project; China's biggest bank is now the only financier left besides the Ethiopian government.
Learn more about the Ikal's work and the Chinese connection to Gibe III in a blog by our Policy Director Peter Bosshard.
Ikal and the other five winners – including another river protector, Ma Jun of China – will be honored at an awards ceremony tonight in San Francisco. This ceremony is the conclusion of a weekend-long look at China's role as the world's biggest dam builder. Read a blog by our Executive Director Jason Rainey for information on this weekend's events on China's global dam footprint.
As one of the organizations responsible for nominating Ikal for this year's Goldman Environmental Prize, all of us here at International Rivers are proud to know Ikal and support her work as a leader of the environmental and social justice movement in Africa.
Please help the campaign to stop the Gibe III Dam by taking action today.
Next month, the World Bank – which decided to not fund the Gibe III Dam – will choose whether or not it will provide US$676 million for the transmission line that would export the project's electricity. Since the Bank deemed the Gibe III Dam as too destructive for direct support, we believe that it shouldn't provide backdoor funding for the transmission line either.
Here's how you can help:
- "Like" Friends of Lake Turkana (FoLT) on Facebook
- Write a message on FoLT's wall (note that in order for the @ referenced pages to show up, you need to type them out, including the @symbol; copy and paste doesn't work):
- Congratulations to Ikal Angelei and @Friends of Lake Turkana for winning the @Goldman Environmental Prize. @World Bank, please continue to stay out of the controversial and desctructive Gibe III Dam - don't fund the transmission line!
- Tweet these messages on Twitter:
- Press Release
- Jason's blog with a wrap-up of the recent events on China's global footprint
- Peter's blog with background on Ikal and her campaign against the Gibe III Dam
- A River Runs Through Us, filmed during Rivers for Life 3 in Temacapulín, Mexico, includes interviews with Ikal
- Gibe III Dam
- Friends of Lake Turkana
- Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs
- Goldman Environmental Prize