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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  • Pamela Dawes
    answered 2017-05-08 11:55:56 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy on your final success, in saving your farm and the region from disasterous, ugly and incredibly environmentally destructive coal mine. We need to constantly fight to keep what should rightfully be ours. The health and sustainability of our land, our water, our air, our own health, our wildlife and our ability to grow untarnished foods is what is at stake constantly and increasingly. These should all be things that our government will endeavor to protect for us, instead of work against us . You have won this battle and hopefully this win will help stem the tide of upcoming battles. Thank you for all you have done.
    Best Wishes
    Pamela Dawes
  • Polly Hanigan
    answered 2017-05-08 11:48:53 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Mrs Bowman, Thank you for your persistence and your passion, you are an inspiration to us all. You’ve shown that courage goes a long way. Many many thanks and all the best.
  • Craig Stevenson
    answered 2017-05-08 11:48:02 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy,
    Thank you for all your efforts, your courage, integrity and for standing up to protect land and water.
  • Julia Mateljan
    answered 2017-05-08 11:45:23 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: YES!!! BLESS YOU, Wendy Bowman!!! Thank you. OUR land with its beauty and its life needs you and the rest of us fighting our governments that see big dollar signs but can’t see the building materials of healthy land…and healthy people.
  • Paul Macfarlane
    answered 2017-05-08 11:40:11 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy, you are an inspiration to everyone who wants to defend their rights against mining companies. For too long they have enjoyed untrammelled access to prime land across this country and something needs to be done so there is a level playing field for all! Keep up the good work
  • Jacqui Stock
    answered 2017-05-08 11:36:30 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hi Wendy,

    Well done you!!! So proud that one Australian can fight and win against big corporate greed. You deserve the award but more than this you deserve the recognition of your efforts from every Australian. You have given us a reason to carry on the fight, you prove that every effort is worthwhile and nothing is wasted in the quest for justice. Your humble acceptance and your acknowledgement of all who helped is beautiful, and the simple wisdom that ‘water is life and without it there is no life’ says it all. <3
  • Edith Streiner
    answered 2017-05-08 11:34:40 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Condradulations wendy for acting upon your beliefs and fighting the system. If only there were more of you in the world! Thank you for looking after our incredible world as it is.
  • Allegria Parshev
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-08 11:26:40 +1000
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  • Jan Davis
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-08 11:24:45 +1000
    Hear her speech: Wendy Bowman wins Goldman Environmental Prize - Well done Wendy - standing up for Hunter farmers
  • Jan Davis
    answered 2017-05-08 11:22:04 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Many thanks to you Wendy for representing myself and all our communities in our quest for attaining a viable environment – and thanks to you for your tireless efforts over many decades – you are an inspiration to us all.
  • Bruce Kennett
    answered 2017-05-08 11:21:12 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: As an 84 year old Australian I congratulate you. I am absolutely appalled at the power mining companies have over Australian citizens who have spent their life in this country. Money speaks to politicians and they agree with the mining companies.
  • Gary Meachen
    answered 2017-05-08 11:21:04 +1000
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  • Carol O'Shea
    answered 2017-05-08 11:18:39 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: What an inspiration you are Wendy. You are the epitome of a true Australian. People like you make up the backbone of this country. I deeply admire your courage, persistence and tireless efforts to fight against those who do not hold the same convictions about this wonderful environment in which we are so blessed to live. I can only hope that when I reach your age I will be as intelligent, brave and proactive as you are Wendy. I am convinced this world needs many more like you and I wish you many, many years ahead to continue to influence society for the better. What a legacy you leave!.
  • Ethel Noonan
    answered 2017-05-08 11:14:46 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Wendy, Congratulations. Our mother earth needs people like you. Not only caring for your community but also the environment as well. Well done. Ethel Noonan, Bunbury WA
  • Kate Holman
    answered 2017-05-08 11:12:56 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: You are an unbelievable and inspiring lady. I saw you as an example of “The Power of One” but you have also been, and hopefully will continue to be, the inspiration of many.
  • Astrid Reinke
    answered 2017-05-08 11:11:20 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations!!!
    This country needs more people like you!
  • Nora Shayeb
    answered 2017-05-08 11:06:26 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy, thank you for all your efforts, your courage and integrity .

    Best wishes, Nora
  • Tracy McCahon
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-08 10:49:44 +1000
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  • Karen Hinds
    answered 2017-05-08 10:48:22 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Glad to see recognition of your determination and that of others. Well deserved. Now I hope to see Australians support those who want us to have a future- not those pushing back into the past.
  • Barbara Nanshe
    answered 2017-05-08 10:41:56 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy Thank you for standing up to protect land and water. It can’t have been an easy fight with such a big company. Australia needs more people like you. I commend your courage and insight and appreciate your efforts. Thank you.
  • Geo Whaley
    answered 2017-05-08 10:33:14 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Thank you, Wendy Bowman, for standing up for yourself, your country and for all of us.
    We greatly admire you.
  • Geoffrey Wright
    answered 2017-05-08 10:32:43 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy on your very much deserved award. You are an inspiration to all Australians who value our wonderful environment and understand and appreciate the tremendous importance of our water.
  • Gillian Rhys
    answered 2017-05-08 10:31:54 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Thank You Wendy.
  • Catherine Branson
    answered 2017-05-08 10:28:40 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Good on you Wendy! Love your spirit and tenacity – also intelligent communication of what really is ‘the real deal’ . The impact of your stance is monumental!! My husband and I had a good old chuckle ….imagine the mining company’s frustration at an 83 year old stopping the show!! Good on you and thank you from a baby boomer generation with grannies just starting to drop. Thank you for caring for their future xox
  • diana mcginn
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-08 10:27:49 +1000
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  • Pam Faulkner
    answered 2017-05-08 10:21:55 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Good on you!!!!!
  • Maria Pye
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-08 10:19:53 +1000
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  • Maria Pye
    @mtplusagain tweeted link to this page. 2017-05-08 10:19:50 +1000
    Hear her speech: Wendy Bowman wins Goldman Environmental Prize http://www.lockthegate.org.au/wendy_goldman_2017?recruiter_id=102242
  • Jeanette Saviane
    answered 2017-05-08 10:14:15 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy. We seem to be fighting an uphill battle to protect the environment against the government and the mining companies. Your victory proves that the individual can still win.
  • Katherine Cameron
    answered 2017-05-08 10:13:15 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Thank you Wendy for your strength, determination and commitment to the all important work of protecting our water and showing how that is more important than financial profits.

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