Wendy Bowman wins Goldman Environmental Prize

Watch 83 year old Hunter Valley farmer Wendy Bowman’s acceptance speech for winning the Goldman Environmental Prize and leave her a message below.

(if you want to know more about Wendy's uplifting story, read about her Goldman Environmental Prize win here)

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  • Annie Krieg
    answered 2018-03-30 04:11:17 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hello Wendy!
    I happened upon your incredible story while meandering through the Flower Conservatory in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. My parents are farmers in Kansas, and even though I live in Chicago now, I am perennially humbled by the land and its capacity for growth. Your story of grit and reliance was inspiring and I really admire your fierce protection over what matters. Thank you for your work! Annie
  • Catherine Teng
    answered 2018-01-19 20:12:24 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Mrs Bowman, thank you for being so brave and wise and fight tirelessly to protect the land. It was painful for me to read all the awful pollution that coal mining caused to the land and what you had to go through to prove it. Most of the people believe that our governments are the experts in the field and would make long terms good planning to ensure prosperity to their countries but how wrong are we, this really pains me…
    I wish you the best of health and longevity, to be able to witness your beloved land protected and enjoy it.
  • Lori Pye
    answered 2018-01-11 05:04:59 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Just to say “GOOD ON YOU!”
    In full support of your work and your indomitable spirit.
    Lori Pye, President
    Viridis Graduate Institute
    www.viridisinstitute.org
  • Peggy Rohland
    answered 2017-11-20 04:44:58 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy, I wish you much strength, perseverance and support. In particular, I would be pleased if your resistance would cause a rethinking of the money-hungry people (you see, I’m an idealist). Stay strong and healthy! You are a great role model for me. Greetings from Bonn (Germany) sends you Peggy Rohland
  • Cheryl Dillon
    answered 2017-11-07 05:22:46 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well done Wendy. Let’s hope you and the fantastic Lockthegate group are able to keep the miners out and the beautiful land that remains intact and that you can finally have a rest.
  • Tanya
    @Gibboanddal tweeted link to this page. 2017-09-23 08:50:00 +1000
    Hear her speech: Wendy Bowman wins Goldman Environmental Prize http://www.lockthegate.org.au/wendy_goldman_2017?recruiter_id=34291
  • Tanya
    answered 2017-09-23 08:49:44 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Wendy, you are truly inspirational and give me hope for the future.
  • Ti Coleing
    answered 2017-05-29 20:39:10 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations on your work towards receiving this award, and props to you for accepting it on behalf of those who have also worked towards saving ALL OF OUR environment, for now and hopefully for future generations.
    Much love
  • Marian Ronan, Ph.D.
    answered 2017-05-25 22:02:50 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Mrs. Bowman, I am deeply inspired by your fight to protect the land and water against coal mining interests. Thank you so much
  • Wendy K Ford
    answered 2017-05-25 17:20:51 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Nice Work Wendy. Thank you on behalf of us all and all of those yet to come
  • Glenda Briggs
    answered 2017-05-22 17:09:25 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hi Wendy – congratulation – thoroughly well deserved. Persistence can be the best tool available to us.
  • anne d
    answered 2017-05-21 10:10:28 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: congratulations and well done wendy. such a terrible idea, mining and destroying good farmland! i’m so glad people like you are around to fight the good fight
  • Susan Russell
    answered 2017-05-17 18:26:54 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well done Wendy, we need to keep the pressure on these mining companies to keep our land in good health. You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you.
  • Marie Mitchell
    answered 2017-05-17 14:36:35 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy on your well deserved award. You are an inspiration to us all here in Bulga and you have our ongoing support. Stay strong and never give up. We wish you health and happiness..
  • robert Quigg
    answered 2017-05-15 17:24:38 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hi, Wendy your standing firm against the proposed open cut mine was nothing less than the bravest act possible
    keep up the good work and thanks for showing us how its done
  • Henrietta Fraser
    answered 2017-05-15 17:03:27 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wonderful Wendy. I grew up near Merriwa and have been horrified by the lack of political will and environmental responsibility regarding mining. On my last visit to the family property, my brother Ed Shannon explained it wasn’t a romantic morning mist but a dirty particulate haze drifting over us from the mines. Never in my childhood did that happen.
    THANK YOU for being persistently caring, diligent, wise, courageous… a model for others who’ve been blinkered by profiteering. Congratulations to you and all those you represent.
  • Clive Young
    answered 2017-05-15 16:58:23 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Good on you Wendy. This is what women can really do well, and what Australian women can do best. Good luck my dear. This issue is SO important. You hung in there and won!!
    Clive Young. Bunbury WA
  • Nola McKeon
    answered 2017-05-15 15:13:16 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy, I thank you for taking strong stands, for helping the rest of us see the damage coal mining is doing, for continuing the fight to protect our precious resources. I and future generations are in you debt.
  • Paul Payten
    answered 2017-05-15 09:08:01 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Good on you Wendy! Indeed, your example is so valuable and thank you for bringing people together for the community and planet.
  • Peter Diggins
    answered 2017-05-14 11:07:14 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Wendy, your actions have had a massive positive outcome, congratulations. I can only imagine the huge money you must have been offered to sell out, which you were willing to forsake for the benefit of our planet and its inhabitants. Greed is the deadliest of sins, and you Wendy are an altruist for thinking not of yourself. Water is life indeed, and incredibly the people who are in positions to stop polluting do nothing of consequence, but let the pollution continue in search for the profits and royalties. Thank you for being a role model Wendy, and a deserving recipient of that award.
  • Ann Abrahams
    answered 2017-05-13 14:01:00 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy, on both your award and your tireless work as an Australian Environmental Defender. Thank you for recognising the undeniable connection between mining and the draining of our vital aquifers. The 2020’s drought could finish already overpopulated Australia…. if more of us don’t wake up! We have Korean coal mines underground hereabouts, this is a mine subsidence zone.
    Kind regards, Ann Abrahams, Charmhaven 2263.
  • Janet Hassall
    answered 2017-05-13 12:34:13 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: I do admire your wonderful spirit.
  • Wendy Borgesen
    answered 2017-05-13 08:35:07 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: I admire the work you’ve done in trying to protect the private land of farmers and the water supply that belongs to the public. I teach Environmental Science at a community college in Washington State USA, and I ask each of my students to pick one Goldman Prize winner and report on what the learned about their work for an assignment in our class. I picked you for this quarter. I have been doing this for more than 10 years, maybe longer. I think they welcome the inspiration.
  • Linda Mathew
    answered 2017-05-13 06:56:19 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Wendy, thank you for standing up for the environment when so many others would have folded. Your acceptance speech is an inspiration, and I totally agree with what you say. If only all Australians had 10% of your passion and drive, your selflessness, what a better Australia we would have. As a frustrated environmental scientist, its great to see a win against these humans that are hell bent on destroying anything in their way for the almighty dollar, and the pathetic politicians that protect this behaviour.
  • Lesley Holmes
    answered 2017-05-12 12:14:15 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy! 😀 U r one awesome woman! I remember strongly ur words in an interview "I have everything I need. Why would I succumb to greed & sell my land? No! ".
    Well done for hanging in with such resolution & courage. The planet needs more people like u to represent it! Earth Blessings to you! 🙏🏻
  • Frances De Glas
    answered 2017-05-12 11:32:58 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy, Your strength & commitment are absolutely inspirational, it’s people like you who are helping to turn the tide against fossil fuels. As we Knitting Nannas Against Gas say, ‘Saving the land, air & water for the kiddies.’ My heartfelt congratulations!
  • Stephen Porter
    answered 2017-05-11 21:54:45 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Thanks Wendy. I would like you to know you will probably not hear from all the people who appreciate what you have done. I hope there is a book in the works so the children in the future can appreciate what you have done for them. Thanks again.
  • julie Mills
    answered 2017-05-11 15:33:15 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy you are truly inspiration. I admire that you are able to keep your enthusiasm and commitment after what is now 25 year plus battle. You are truly an inspiration and I hope that when I am your age I too can inspire people as you inspire me.
  • Kerryn Stanton
    answered 2017-05-11 13:23:09 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Thank you Wendy, for all your tireless efforts and the inspiration to work together to save our water and our unique environment. There are so many urgent situations to address these days, it is easy to feel hopeless and uncertain, particularly against the destructive and greedy forces of the mining industry. Your courage and determination is absolutely wonderful . Congratulations!
  • Jennifer Fox
    answered 2017-05-11 11:30:58 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well done Wendy. You are an inspiration

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