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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  • Ingrid Hindell
    answered 2017-05-08 14:21:57 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: I am SO glad that there are people like you out there!
  • Mike Campbell
    answered 2017-05-08 14:21:31 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: You’re a marvel Wendy…unshakeable integrity now recognized worldwide. From those early Minewatch Singleton meetings to the international stage. Fond regards Mike and Lyn Campbell
  • Lauriston Muirhead
    answered 2017-05-08 14:19:34 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy,
    You are wonderful!!! You help people to understand, whether we are 8 or 80, that we are part of the environment, not apart from. So when we degrade and destroy it, we degrade and destroy ourselves. The planet greatly appreciates you!. Many many congratulations.
    Lauriston Muirhead.
  • Steve Barton
    answered 2017-05-08 14:02:06 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations & definitely well deserved Wendy.
    Your an inspiration for standing up in the face of adversity when others may have folded.
    Thank you for all that you have done & continue to do.
    Kind regards
    Steve Barton-Wheatley
    Laurieton 2443
  • Andreas Dalman
    answered 2017-05-08 13:49:09 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Thank you Wendy for being an inspiration. Standing up to large multinational companies to protect Australia’s unique environment is not easy and needed now more than ever.
    Congratulations on your award. I know you must be very proud!
    I and the majority of Australians who care about this land are proud of you too and we stand behind you in solidarity.
  • Therese Bromfield
    answered 2017-05-08 13:45:02 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well done Wendy, honourable, truly courageous and inspiring and testiment to the fact individuals can make a difference. You are amazing!
  • Cliff Harris
    answered 2017-05-08 13:29:10 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy. If only more people (including myself) were as committed as you!
  • Julie Schilin
    answered 2017-05-08 13:27:53 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations, you are an inspiration.
  • Manjari Sunder
    answered 2017-05-08 13:14:26 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: It touches me anyone that stands against these destroying giants stands for us all stands for life as you say WATER IS LIFE
  • Carol Dillon
    answered 2017-05-08 13:05:43 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy on a very well deserved prize. I am so grateful that there are courageous people out there who will not be intimidated by those who think they have the right to do what they want to whoever they want. You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you , thank you. Stay strong and keep up the good work you are an incredible example for us all who care for the environment and the only planet we have. I am appalled that your winning of this prestigious prize was not plastered all over all the media for all to see. Again thank you so much for having the courage of your convictions.
  • Phil Foord
    answered 2017-05-08 13:01:23 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Thankyou SOOO Much Wendy for your contribution to our environment and for standing against the big companies that just do not care !!
  • Alex Mijatovic
    answered 2017-05-08 12:59:52 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hi Wendy, I’m a single mum with a 7 yr old boy. I used to have a corporate job but since my son was born all I want to do is save our environment and fight for clean food and water. When I saw your speech , which is the first time I ever heard of you (sorry!), I was so humbled, and inspired, and grateful. And a little dream came to me that maybe that could be me one day when I am your age. It brought me to tears. Thank you.
  • Victoria Manning
    answered 2017-05-08 12:58:45 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy and your team of environmental defenders. Our children’s children will look back on these times and see there were wonderful people like you standing up for our country. If only the politicians would too.
  • Gina Tedeschi
    answered 2017-05-08 12:57:23 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hi Wendy,

    Congratulations on receiving the Goldnman Environmental Prize Win! I am very proud of your efforts in fighting the
    Mining Company and saving an integral part of Australia’s waterways.

    However we are in a constant battle with Mining Companies and Government who are rentless in destroying the
    environment and communities and local businesses in order to gain profit. When will it ever end?

    My concern is if they continue Mining as they do without prior consultation with the Community and Businesses we
    wont have an Environment and hence we will suffer as a consequence.

    A few years ago I spoke to a local farmer from the Hunter Valley Region who had a farm near the Nepean River,
    whilst conducting a telephone survey. He was very distraught and upset about the Coal Mining Company who
    were mining for coal seam gas mining. He mentioned to me the impact of what destruction it had on the Nepean
    River. He stated he saw bubbling water come up from beneath the water and stated his land dam and been left
    bone dry and there were fissure cracks beneath the ground he walked on which made it unstable and dangerous
    for him and his livestock. After listening to his complaints I advised him to go and see a Lawyer to take on the
    Mining Company. This poor man was crying and it is something I will never forget, hence why I support
    Lock The Gate as I am disgusted in what they are doing to this Country and to the communities who
    reside in rural areas.

    Much to my displeasure I happened to interview the same region again and spoke to a woman who stated
    that there was a Farmer in their region who ended up taking his life and committed Suicide because he felt
    powerless against the Greedy Mining Company who wanted to push him off his land to get access to the
    water.

    I often wonder if it was that Farmer I spoke to and if it was I feel a deep sadness that we will all be doomed
    if we dont speak up and Australia will become a toxic wasteland. Thanking you for being courageous and
    standing up to the Bullies!!!

    I feel if we are to win this war there needs to be independant Environmental Assessors who are not employed
    by Mining Companies or Govt Bodies as they cant be trusted. There also needs to be more Education promoted
    in Schools and Universities to disuade people from persuing such a destructive Work Career that will cause much
    pain and suffering to the Environment and to Communities.

    Thanking you Kindly for all of your undivided devotion and work to save our Environment & Animals.

    Yours Sincerely,

    GINA TEDESCHI
  • renate schmidt
    answered 2017-05-08 12:55:01 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: wunderbar
    Thank you
  • Jan O'Leary
    answered 2017-05-08 12:52:01 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy. How very well deserved. Thanks for all your efforts for our environment.
  • Andre Scarton
    answered 2017-05-08 12:44:47 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hi Wendy,
    congratulations for your environmental award and thank you so much for courage and strength to take on such a big task to brotect the land.
    You are an inspiration to many people.
  • Anita Treasure
    answered 2017-05-08 12:44:13 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Thank you so much for your hard work, Wendy. From experience I know that fighting the good fight takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride – so thank you for sticking to your guns and standing up to these environmental terrorists!
  • lesley kinney
    answered 2017-05-08 12:36:06 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: I a so grateful to you for standing up against such odds and succeeding in preserving our precious farmland and environment. I am so happy that your bravery and tenacity have been acknowledged and rewarded.
  • Andrew Richmond
    answered 2017-05-08 12:34:09 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well done Wendy you are a credit to our country!
  • Astrid Hofmann
    @AstridCTC tweeted link to this page. 2017-05-08 12:29:31 +1000
    Hear her speech: Wendy Bowman wins Goldman Environmental Prize http://www.lockthegate.org.au/wendy_goldman_2017?recruiter_id=201362
  • Astrid Hofmann
    answered 2017-05-08 12:29:07 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Thank you Wendy for showing what consistency and persistence in standing up for sound principles can do.
  • John Gasfield Free Mountain
    answered 2017-05-08 12:28:27 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hello Wendy,
    Your story is wonderfully heart warming and inspiring. Thank you for having the courage and conviction to stand up to the coal industry, and setting an example to other landowners in the valley about how they can stop the permanent destruction of their productive farms and beautiful landscape, creeks, rivers and aquifers.

    Huge congratulations on your Goldman Prize. It is a well deserved recognition of your role in helping to save what is left of the Hunter Valley, and puts the destruction of the Valley in focus for so many thousands of other people.

    Your guts and passion inspires us all to stand up to such appalling injustice.

    Love & Best Wishes from the Mountain Districts Association on Mangrove Mountain
  • Felicity White
    answered 2017-05-08 12:27:44 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy,
    Thank you so much for your hard work, dedication and courage in taking on this battle. People like you help to make the world a better place by shining a beacon of hope and encouragement for others to follow.
  • Leonie Fagundes
    answered 2017-05-08 12:20:09 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy, you are an inspiration to us for standing up and protecting your property, land and water. We definitely need more people like you.
  • Christine Wheeler
    answered 2017-05-08 12:11:41 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Heartfelt thanks for your courage and perseverance. Mining and fracking are the greatest threats to our food self-sufficiency in Australia and the greatest threat to the looming climate disaster. As we can’t seem to elect a government in this country that actually works for the people and not for the corporate sector, we rely on you and your brave collaborators to defend our land. Your award is absolutely well deserved.
  • Rosemary Joseph
    answered 2017-05-08 12:11:39 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations on your success after showing such commitment & tenacity against seemingly impossible odds. You are a great inspiration to us all. LOL Rosemary & Ross Joseph, Bentley NSW.
  • Jan Fahie
    answered 2017-05-08 12:09:32 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy
    Congratulations on receiving the award. You are an inspiration to the movement. You persisted and showed enormous tenacity at sticking with it over the long haul
    Thank you for your courage and legacy for our great land and our precious water
    Sincerely
    Jan Fahie
  • Murray And Roslyn Armstrong
    answered 2017-05-08 12:09:14 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well done and well deserved Wendy. You’re a legend!!
  • Julie Dickinson
    answered 2017-05-08 12:07:45 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Oh that we had more like you dear WEndy!

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