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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  • Carl Milton
    answered 2017-05-08 09:01:30 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well Done Wendy. I am so happy for your victory. It gives hope to us all. Shine On. Regards Carl
  • M Cooper
    answered 2017-05-08 08:54:52 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Bless you Wendy and thank you!
    Congratulations too. May there be widespread continuation of your powerful lead.
    Sincerely, with love and gratitude,
  • Rosemary Jean
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  • Émi Groot
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  • Grace Neff
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  • Carla Berry
    answered 2017-05-08 08:49:05 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy, your fortitude, eloquence, grace and dedication are amazing. Listening to your speech brought me to tears as I realised how little so many of us do to stand up for what we know is right. Thank you for shining a light on what we have been allowing to happen to our world. I would very much like to have you speak directly to those we have elected to work for us, to help them find the wee voice of conscience somewhere inside them. They discourage me. You bring me hope. Bless you.
  • Johanna Garnett
    answered 2017-05-08 08:46:23 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy – your actions are both brave and inspiring.
  • David Leigh
    answered 2017-05-08 08:44:59 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well done Wendy, great work.
  • Georgia Cordes
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-08 08:43:49 +1000
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  • Georgina Cordes
    answered 2017-05-08 08:42:26 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Thank goodness there are still people like you in the world who are willing to fight for the right thing and not sell precious land to monied corporations who will permanently ruin it.
  • Susan Wilson
    answered 2017-05-08 08:39:09 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy. If only there were more people like you who would stand their ground and uphold the importance of the land. Once it’s gone it’s gone. Great work.
  • TAshe LOng
    answered 2017-05-08 08:36:38 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations on holding out against the big mining companies. I recently visited the Hunter Valley as was totally shocked about what has been done to it in the last 20 years!! The smell of coal hangs in the air miles away from the actual mines!! Thank you for all you have done to stop yet another mine. I am they tried to temp you to take the money and retire, but I find you integrity and persistence very inspiring! Wishing you and all in the Hunter good health and happiness.
    Yours sincerely, Tashe Long
  • julie payne
    answered 2017-05-08 08:35:13 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hi Wendy well done ! we need to have more people like yourself, I have been concerned over the last several years of how our land has been destroyed by mining, and concerned what we leave to the next generations.
    All the Best
  • Stan Matthews
    answered 2017-05-08 08:34:30 +1000
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    A: Congratulations Wendy, an inspiration for all!!! Thank You
  • Glen Wilkie
    answered 2017-05-08 08:31:49 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Great job Wendy we need more people not prepared to sell out.
  • Bastiaan van Dalen
    answered 2017-05-08 08:28:24 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well done Wendy! Congratulations on winning the prize! Better still, for keeping your place safe!
    Love, Bastiaan☆
  • Peter Neuhaus
    answered 2017-05-08 08:26:29 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: thank You
    with people like You there is hope for our future
  • Greg Parsons
    answered 2017-05-08 08:25:51 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Ms Bowman, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of my children (the next generation); for displaying such incredible strength and resilience against the powers who put money and industrialisation before the safety and well-being of the only planet we have to call home. I fear that others like yourself are in short supply and can only hope that your brave resilience is sufficient to give others the courage to act and resist in a similar fashion. I also can only hope that your next generation possesses the same strength and resilience as yourself, so that the land you have protected today is not threatened by the lure of fortune tomorrow. Once again, I congratulate you, I admire you and thank you. May you be a beacon of strength and determination to others in your previous position.
  • Christine Morgan lowe
    answered 2017-05-08 08:25:30 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well done Wendy, so proud of you. Hope this is just the begining.
  • Caresse Cranwell
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-08 08:15:59 +1000
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  • Carron Lamb
    answered 2017-05-08 08:14:52 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dearest Wendy I have just listened to your heartfelt and knowledgeable speech. CONGRATULATIONS & THANK YOU for your all your efforts and time that you have given to a cause that is truly worth fighting for – Mother Nature & her life giving gifts to us. For the first time in my life I went door knocking around my area along with other communites which resulted in a 98% vote against coal seam gas mining. There is only people power against the hungry greed of these mindless companies.. My greatest hope is we can stop this madness and mother earth can heal from our disrespect and damage and the children have a future to hope for.. Thank you again for all that you do.
  • David Bacon
    answered 2017-05-08 08:05:43 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hats off to you Wendy.
  • Dr Lilliana Corredor
    answered 2017-05-08 07:58:18 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy,
    We wish to Congratulate you on winning the Goldman Prize. Most importantly, we bow to you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for having a high sense of morality saving essential farmlands and vital water in the Hunter Valley. We admire profoundly your courage to stand against a Corporation and exposing to the world the Australian Government’s lack of responsibility (both socially and environmentally). God bless you. Thank you.
  • Elisabeth Drake
    answered 2017-05-08 07:43:34 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Wendy Bowman I congratulate you for this much deserved award. I have been feeling a sense of defeat lately about our good earth and the greedy powers that are destroying it. You have inspired me to get back in the game and continue the important work of saving our previous environment. I too am an old woman and am conscious of the legacy we leave those who will inhabit our precious earth after us. Thank you for your inspiration. Elisabeth Drake
  • DrChris James
    answered 2017-05-08 07:42:20 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well done Wendy! You are an inspiration to all of us.
  • Duncan Dey
    answered 2017-05-08 07:35:15 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: G’day Wendy, wonderful! Thank you so much for doing what you’ve done, and are still doing I’m sure. And yes, the EDO too. Love it, Duncan (Civil Engineer, hydrologist, local activist in the Brunswick River valley). PS I visited the Hunter often as a young engineer in the river gauging section of the state govt.
  • Lesley Smith
    answered 2017-05-08 07:32:40 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy,
    Thank God Australia has a lady with determination, integrity and true grit to fight for decency and for what is right. You have taken on the mighty….and won. I love your spirit – an Australian spirit that most politicians have sold to the devil. I take my hat off to you, and God Bless You Wendy.
  • Naomi Howard
    answered 2017-05-08 07:31:49 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: I thank you too Wendy for keeping on keeping on with standing up for our land and water.
  • K Smith
    answered 2017-05-08 07:29:58 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Thank you for showing such courage in the face of powerful opposition. You are an inspiration!
  • Chris Clarke
    answered 2017-05-08 07:27:35 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: You are an inspiration Wendy. Thank you on behalf of we ordinary citizens for having the courage of your convictions which meant that the mine did not go ahead. Now to stop Adani!

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