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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  • catherine giles
    answered 2017-05-11 07:13:25 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Thank you for representing ‘Water’ on behalf of ‘Water’ and for ‘Water’
    And you have a presence delivered with wisdom and the people listened to you. Corporations also made up of individuals have lost common-sense.
    Hunter valley is lucky to have you. But you represent all the valleys, creeks, rivers and underground water. Henry Lawsons 1905 poem ‘The Water’ … And in my dreaming I see wide miles of waving crops and sheets of water gleaming on plains
    where fortune died of thirst……
    …But for those who hold their own, Land and time deliver
    As we have held our railway lines , so we shall hold our rivers
    We’ll find the money as we found the money spent in slaughter
    to build our dykes and build our dams
    And we shall own the water"
    Thank you for speaking out and being heard. X
  • Leslie Poole
    answered 2017-05-10 22:43:13 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hi Wendy – I live in the state of Maine in the USA but my cousin Carolyn who lives in the Blue Mountains of Australia and an activist in her own right sent me the article and video of your Goldman Environmental Prize award. Well done!! You are an inspiration for all. Like Australia, the people of Maine and the USA constantly fight the good fight against dangerous pipelines and open mining. At this moment Maine’s state government is attempting to rewrite our open mining laws in our beautiful state which is covered with streams, rivers, lakes and the ocean, as well as being heavily wooded. I intend to pass your award video, as well as the other 3 I have found about you and your quest for justice. Keep up the good fight! One person does and can make a difference. With admiration from this 76 year-old lady who wonders if our planet and its people will ever trump greed.
  • Moya Langtry
    answered 2017-05-10 18:11:40 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: 👍
  • Linda Orgill
    answered 2017-05-10 17:44:47 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well done, you have made a wonderful contribution to our environment. You are amazing!
  • Kayoko Ito
    answered 2017-05-10 17:07:32 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Thank you so much Wendy and your colleagues who have been tirelessly protecting the environment on all of the Australian’s behalf. Your victory is inspirational for us all, and your humble speech deeply touched me. As you mentioned we must continue to work to change the attitudes of big corporations and governments greed over environment and farmers who produces all the food for us. Yes, water is life. We should never take this for granted! Thank you.
  • Julia Famlonga
    answered 2017-05-10 16:59:05 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well done Wendy ……… you are an inspiration and I wish more of us had the intestinal fortitude to fight for our rights. Sadly, many Australians are apathetic at best, with the “she’ll be right” attitude rampant. Keep up the good work and stick to your guns.
  • Russ Elwin
    answered 2017-05-10 15:39:49 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy for this award & for having the foresight (along with others) to realise that a quarry only is for the short term, farming is for generations & one cannot eat coal. Fracking is as bad for its potential to poison aquifers for as you say “Water is life”. I wish the decision-makers were as perspicacious as you & the almighty dollar didn’t cloud their judgement but there will always be greed.
  • Ian Price
    answered 2017-05-10 15:06:31 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hearty congratulations and many thanks for standing up for Australia’s future, Ian
  • David Rankin
    answered 2017-05-10 13:54:32 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: dear Wendy, thank you for being who you are . To stand for what you believe in , to show others, and to defeat a modern day Goliath,I thank you sincerely on behalf of my family and especially my children.
  • Martin Clements
    answered 2017-05-10 11:26:12 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Thank you Wendy.
    It’s easy to take the money and run and I’m sure the mining company made you a tempting offer. I applaud you for putting your country and your principles first. Keep up the good work and may others follow you.
  • Margaret Newman
    answered 2017-05-10 09:41:19 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Wendy You are an amazing lady,good to hear recogniton for the hard work,You are an insprition ( The Power OF ONE ). Margaret
  • Deborah Parrington
    answered 2017-05-10 08:17:10 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: You are an inspiration. Thank you. You are one amazing lady! Xxx
  • Russell TwoWolfs
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-10 08:13:41 +1000
    Hear her speech: Wendy Bowman wins Goldman Environmental Prize
  • Izzy Luescher
    answered 2017-05-10 04:04:04 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well spoken words for a future where we can defend and promote protection of essential elements in the environment such as water. Good to hear recognition for your hard efforts in that battle. Bravo Wendy!
  • Robert Nelson
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-10 03:18:49 +1000
    Hear her speech: Wendy Bowman wins Goldman Environmental Prize
  • Robert Nelson
    answered 2017-05-10 03:16:40 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well said Wendy water is our life line for without water we die the land dies and the human race will become extinct. Mines and the people who run them have no respect for other people, the land and what they are about to do to the human race. Hold steady and make sure the people of the region are behind you and have the same vision as you to carry one your work as the mining people do not live in the region and probably not in this country. I wonder how they would feel if we went to their country and dug up their backyard and destroyed their drinking water? Hold fast as you are the peoples warrior.
  • Ian Banks
    answered 2017-05-10 00:17:51 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Farmers are the backbone of our country,usually they are conservative by nature and disinclined to be radical. Thank you for caring enough to fight an environmental cause so strongly. We get one life and only one planet. Once its degraded it will be to late for thousands of years
  • Kerry Sattler
    answered 2017-05-10 00:08:44 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Wendy, you are an amazing woman. My heartfelt congratulations on your well deserved prize.
  • Christopher McGuire
    answered 2017-05-09 23:22:07 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well done Wendy , you are an inspiration to everyone who cares about the future of our country . May many others follow your example and stand up to these bullies .
  • Justine D'odd
    answered 2017-05-09 22:53:18 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: You are truly an admirable and inspiring woman ~ your actions have saved many animals and lifestyles, and have proved that drawing a line in the sand can work. Much kudos Wendy ~ and thank you so much!
  • Jim/Margaret Edwards/Seydel
    answered 2017-05-09 22:17:12 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: You’re a gem Wendy, an inspiration to many, may you keep the mining companies on their toes for years to come!
  • Rachel Buchan
    answered 2017-05-09 21:54:06 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hi Wendy. It is the courage of individuals like you who are brave enough to stand up and fight that will stop the transnational greed and destruction. You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you.
  • Robert McLaughlin
    answered 2017-05-09 19:59:00 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hello Wendy,
    How delighted we were to hear of your most deserved win! Your courage and determination gives strenght and resolve to everyone involved in the struggle to save our precious environment.Many thanks.
    Yours,
    Robert & AnneMaree McLaughlin. Bulga NSW
  • Felicity Stoetzel
    answered 2017-05-09 18:55:09 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Thank you for having the courage and the strength to stand up for our environment and your community. I hope you enjoy your success and recognition without any more pressure to sell.
    Thank you, you are an inspiration to many and a true Australian hero.
    with smiles, Felicity
  • Dianne Hore
    answered 2017-05-09 16:58:17 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy,
    I congratulate you on your very special award. I acknowledge and admire your strength, determination and steadfast belief in protecting such an important and ongoing critical need to safeguard land/water from the threat of these ill thought out mining practices. You have sent a powerful message to all; with these wonderful groups supporting actions like yours, it does also highlight again how powerful one voice can be. I believe there has never been a more critical time than now to stand-up for what is powerfully right; the health and protection of the land, water, animals and agricultural land in the context of global warming and climate change. It seems ludicrous to me that there has to be this fight to protect these things. The inaction, seemingly weak, inept and indifference to such vital issues by this Australian Government leaves me cold. Thank heavens for people like you and the groups you addressed in your thank you speech. I for one will do everything I can to help the cause in protecting such vital assets in a world where they should be viewed as sacred, valued and respected, especially as well for Australia’s food security and even national security, indeed globally. The indigenous people have a beautiful way of looking after their environment in a spiritual way which I believe if every individual on this planet thought about the bigger picture, especially at this time in history, it would factor in the environment right at the top of the list in the context of, without protecting it, the consequences are dire. I’m trying to live a ‘light footprint on the planet’, living in a strawbale/rammed earth house on 5 acres and trying to revive the use of the scythe (to help reduce greenhouse emissions!). There is no way in the world I would let anyone get a hold on my land and do the wrong thing! I, like you would make a strong stand against it with all my heart. All the very best, enjoying your home you’ve fought for and the beautiful area in which you live. What a tremendous outcome. Well done!

    Yours sincerely,

    Dianne Hore
  • Julie Lindsay
    answered 2017-05-09 15:57:52 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Three cheers for you Wendy!!! I hope I can still make a difference when I am 83 (in in 8 yrs time!). You have left an invaluable legacy for future generations.
  • Claire Mckenna
    answered 2017-05-09 14:47:41 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Thanks for showing moral courage and generosity in a time of selfishness. You are making a difference.
  • Kerry Schippers
    answered 2017-05-09 14:27:39 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hi Wendy, congratulations on your win and your win.
    I have feelings of pride when I hear your story and your steadfastness in refusing to cave in to the mining giants.
    The power of no is potent and wouldn’t it be great if we elected independent politicians just for their ability to say no and stick to that no.
    I’d vote for someone who promised that.
    Congratulations again, you are someone we can all aspire to be.
  • carol newport
    answered 2017-05-09 14:25:34 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well done Wendy. It’s so inspiring to see somebody standing up for their rights and the rights of others and ‘beat City Hall’ as they say in the classics.
  • Carolyn Bishop
    answered 2017-05-09 13:46:26 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Mrs. Bowman came to speak at a health forum we held in Gunnedah in about 2012 when we were desperately trying to increase community awareness about the adverse effects of extractive industries. She was marvelous to come and added great presence to our day! Congratulations, Wendy. Carolyn Bishop, Mullaley Gas and Pipeline Accord

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