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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  • Samar Singh
    answered 2017-05-07 19:26:01 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy! You did a great job! All the best!
  • Marion Anstis
    answered 2017-05-07 19:23:29 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy, this is an award so richly deserved! You have my absolute respect and gratitude for your long, almost never-ending stand against Yancourt Coal, and I’m thrilled at the outcome for you and the environment. Once again, a heartfelt THANKS!!
  • Bradley Garrett
    answered 2017-05-07 19:17:23 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congrats-well done-perserverance-common sense prevailed-well done !
  • Joanna Hall
    answered 2017-05-07 19:16:52 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy. Well-deserved. You are an example to us all and there are thousands of us following along behind you to stop our wonderful farms being destroyed by coal mining and fracking and other disasters.
  • Neal Henderson
    answered 2017-05-07 19:15:50 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: You Rock Girl!! Love You And All You Do!! :)
  • Deborah Berwick
    answered 2017-05-07 19:15:02 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well done Wendy. What a legend!! A huge thank you from all of us.
  • Jennifer Allison-Sheed
    answered 2017-05-07 19:11:38 +1000
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    A: you are an awesome admirable humbe and extremely wise woman Wendy Bowman. I wish you were only 50 too so you could c=ontinuew to do this great work. But I guess you were in your 50’s when you started so well done to have succeeded! May you be inspiration to millions of others, because our planet is in serious need of people like you. Best wishes
  • Daryl Marshman
    answered 2017-05-07 19:08:54 +1000
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    A: Go girl you are such an inspiration
  • Geoffrey Colwill
    answered 2017-05-07 19:07:52 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congrats!!! Thanks for being such a great example for us all. Thanks Geoffrey
  • Pia Larsen
    answered 2017-05-07 19:06:18 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy
    Congratulations on receiving the Goldman Environment Prize for all your hard work, dedication and intelligent unearthing of the facts buried in those documents that comes your way from the Coal Industry. Keep up the great work as the sort of role model more Australians should emulate
  • Barbara Thomas
    answered 2017-05-07 19:05:36 +1000
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    A: Bravo Wendy!! I salute you and take all my hats off to you!! You will surely be able to say as David Suzuki said that he would like to be able to say to his grandchildren on his death bed ‘I did my best.’ What an enormous contribution you have made to the environment including water resources, saving the agricultural land and diminishing the amount of fossil fuel in the atmosphere. What a legacy you are leaving with your passionate stand for what is right and good. I am an environmentalist too (not in your league) but I want my grandchildren to remember me for that above all else, perhaps you do too. With admiration, Barbara Thomas
  • Annika Jende
    answered 2017-05-07 19:04:48 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy, thank you so much! The future is in good hands when there are people in the world like you. Love, Annika
  • Caroline Goosen
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-07 19:01:56 +1000
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  • Caroline Goosen
    answered 2017-05-07 19:01:33 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Was so very thrilled to hear about your award and yet saddened that you have had to spend so much energy to protect your very own livelihood and land. Thank you from my family for your tenacity and vision for their future!
  • Ken Hooke
    answered 2017-05-07 18:58:21 +1000
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    A: Congratulations Wendy Bowman , I have been banging the drum for many years (since Whitlam days) .Most of my friends think that I’m a nutter, and I’m proud to be thought so. We must stand up for our beliefs – I’m an advanced Octogenarian and I will continue to make my beliefs felt when it comes to preserving our Australian lifestyle. I’m sure that the Local politicians wish me further !!.
    Go for it Wendy .. Cheers Ken Hooke
  • Joe Phillips
    answered 2017-05-07 18:57:58 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations. It’s good to know that your support for a more responsible attitude towards land care and use has been recognized.
  • Fiona Overell
    answered 2017-05-07 18:57:08 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy, you are so inspirational. I come from a farming family near Toowoomba and know the importance of our land and water resources… You are a courageous, honest and forward thinking Australian lady and I know you inspire more Australians to care about our environment, land, nature and water… I’ve been supporting the stop Adani Coal mine campaign for a while now and I hope we can show these corporate profit driven conglomerates, governments and banks that the average person cares about Australian land and that our voices can be heard… Thank you so much for who you are and what you represent. Love Fiona, 36yo Gold Coast Australia
  • Rose Kapper
    answered 2017-05-07 18:56:59 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Wonderful ! Congratulations ! Thankyou for your hard work monitoring and protecting our most valuable resource , Water !!!
    We must all stay conscious of the need to protect our source of all life !!! We owe that much to our children & grandchildren !!!
  • Ruth Skilbeck
    answered 2017-05-07 18:54:32 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Ms Bowman, Thank you very much for your tireless dedication and work to protect and safeguard the water and land of the Hunter Valley for and on behalf of the community who live here, and who visit, and for generations to come. Your courage, strength, perseverance, and ethical stand in opposing the mining companies set a shining example and provide an inspiration for all who value community and humanity, and the environment we live in. This award of recognition is more than well deserved. Thank you for all that you have done and do. With respect and appreciation, Ruth Skilbeck
  • Roderick Miller
    answered 2017-05-07 18:51:10 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy, I dips me lid — in appreciation of your stand, and your determination to bring down the greed mongers (mongrels?)

    We are stuck with stupid members of parliament who theoretically should be representing the people, and standing guard on our environment. Instead, these idiots are blithely selling out to the Packers and Adanis of this world. I hope they’ll be able to explain to their children and grandchildren what they have done!

    How precious are our fertile soils? We can’t eat coal; and we can’t drink gas, yet the short-sighted allies of developers are fully prepared to sacrifice our farming lands and water, and anything else, in the name of the fast buck.

    Again, thank you for showing up these hollow men, warming the seats in State and Federal parliaments. Tories, as you and I know, were born with dollar signs in their eyes instead of pupils. If I can quote Oscar’s well-worn saying. These are people “who know the price of everything — and the value of nothing”.
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    Dear Wendy, see you at the barricades! I am at the moment applying a little WD-40 to the slides of the guillotine.

    With love and admiration,

    From a lover of this wonderful country; who appreciates true grit, exhibited by a great lady.

    Kind regards,

    Roderick Miller
  • Juliet Fowler Smith
    answered 2017-05-07 18:50:33 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Thank you Wendy
    You have shown us and the world that individual environmental action is real and possible .This encourages us all to act and have hope for the best outcomes in these changing times.
  • Judith Byrne
    answered 2017-05-07 18:49:48 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy for standing your ground,so many many things we have to battle for,good on you.
  • Rita Kot
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-07 18:48:48 +1000
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  • Allan Townsend
    answered 2017-05-07 18:48:07 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Thank you Wendy for being an Australian, one that we used to know, and one of those that gave us our freedoms that we cherish.
  • Lynne Prior
    answered 2017-05-07 18:46:19 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Good on you Wendy. We need more strong women like yourself to protect our planet. I have so much admiration for you. Cheers Lynne Prior
  • Cassandra Fraser
    answered 2017-05-07 18:46:12 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well done Wendy.
  • Paul Tait
    answered 2017-05-07 18:45:18 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hi Wendy
    Thank you ! . you know your an inspiration to a much wider audience than just the Hunter. My wife and i have been doing battle for the environment since 1979 and often feel that the war is never won, only the current battle. But we keep going, asyou obviously have also.Love
    Paul and Jeni. Gaia Films Nimbin
  • Kylie Gillespie
    answered 2017-05-07 18:44:52 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Wendy, you are a true Aussie Legend! We need more Australians like you who have passion, guts and determination to defy corruption and corporate bullies.
  • peter Grainger
    answered 2017-05-07 18:43:55 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy you are a Shining Light in the Darkness. Thank You for caring, there is still hope for the environment with people like you.
  • Rodney Jones
    answered 2017-05-07 18:43:25 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations on your well-deserved award Wendy. Your contribution to the movement that opposes the continued degradation of the environment is much appreciated.

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