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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  • Dolores Neilley
    @lola_tineo tweeted link to this page. 2017-05-07 17:05:30 +1000
    Hear her speech: Wendy Bowman wins Goldman Environmental Prize http://www.lockthegate.org.au/wendy_goldman_2017?recruiter_id=110043
  • Dolores Neilley
    answered 2017-05-07 17:05:01 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: You are an inspiration to young and old trying to defend our environment against the destructive greed of polluters. We love you. Congratulations!!!
  • Col Maybury
    answered 2017-05-07 17:02:23 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well done Wendy. Thank you. Col Maybury.
  • Eric van Beurden
    answered 2017-05-07 17:01:15 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Wendy, you are an inspiration to all us mere mortals who quail at the thought of taking on a corporate giant like Yancoal. Thank you for leading the way! We love you!
  • Patricia Lowry
    answered 2017-05-07 17:01:10 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Sincere congratulations, Wendy. You deserve all the occolades you receive. It’s astonishing that Australia’s politicians are so beholden to these multinational polluters. I am currently in the UK and everywhere I go there is evidence of attempts, and real success, in caring for and protecting the environment. However, the British shouldn’t be complacent, arable land is still being sold off here to make way for so called ‘development’ in order to give the ‘jobs’ mantra. You should be very proud of your achievement, verynproud if you.
  • Lea Arnold
    answered 2017-05-07 17:00:33 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: On behalf of my husband and I, our five children and their future children we say thank you for protecting our land.
  • Louise clifford
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-07 16:59:07 +1000
    Hear her speech: Wendy Bowman wins Goldman Environmental Prize
  • Louise clifford
    answered 2017-05-07 16:58:46 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy on your award, thank you for your bravery and standing by your principles. I think you are a wonderful role model and hopefully many more people will follow your lead. Once again ‘good on you’ we need more people like you to stand up to the big corporations who think they can ride roughshod over the little people. Regards Louise Clifford
  • Sarah Norgrove
    answered 2017-05-07 16:58:27 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well done, Wendy! Thank you for standing for the things that matter to you, and to all of us. Your strength in the face of such adversity is helping to keep the fire burning at a time where I feel many lights are going out.
  • Felicity Aldrich
    answered 2017-05-07 16:58:04 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Thank you Wendy. A voice of reason. Speaking a simple truth. No more senseless plundering and vulture capitalism! You are a national treasure.
  • Narelle Jarvis
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-07 16:56:50 +1000
    Hear her speech: Wendy Bowman wins Goldman Environmental Prize
  • Narelle Jarvis
    @elleranj tweeted link to this page. 2017-05-07 16:56:48 +1000
    Hear her speech: Wendy Bowman wins Goldman Environmental Prize http://www.lockthegate.org.au/wendy_goldman_2017?recruiter_id=3766
  • Laurene Kelly
    answered 2017-05-07 16:54:22 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations. You are an inspiration to us all to keep fighting these faceless profiteers and environmental destroyers.
  • Marilyn Perkins
    answered 2017-05-07 16:52:24 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Inspirational people such as yourself remind the rest of us what can be achieved when committed, passionate people work together to overcome the power of money and the seductive allure of royalty streams from mining. Congratulations to you and your fighting team!!
  • Sally Forsstrom
    answered 2017-05-07 16:50:28 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy thank you from Dubbo. Your leadership since 1990 inspires us today to continue fighting the planned 850 CSG wells in the Pilliga Forest threatening the Great Artesian Basin and to fight proposed new coal mines at Breeza on the Liverpool Plains – your speech set the tone for strong community opposition to greedy mining companies intent on destroying our natural resources for short term profit
  • Noel Crowe
    answered 2017-05-07 16:49:38 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Mrs Bowman
    We were so delighted to have received the news of and watched your acceptance speech for such a well deserved award.

    We send these congratulatory wishes to you from a family who have been involved in the land and horticulture for several generations.

    We thank you and cheer you for your actions in defending your property, resisting the destruction of our rural way of life in Australia
    and for your dedication and belief in the cause you are so passionate about.

    If only there was some way that we, who also support these causes, could do more to achieve the preservation of
    our lifestyle and the agriculture passed on to us by our forebears.

    Your contribution to these causes has been amazing and greatly appreciated by those of us who care.

    We salute you.
  • Marina Bistrin
    answered 2017-05-07 16:48:21 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Thankyou Wendy for standing up for what is right and for publicising your battle with the mining companies. You are an inspiration.
  • Diana Hockley
    answered 2017-05-07 16:48:19 +1000
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  • Michaela Malone
    answered 2017-05-07 16:47:23 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy,
    When I read about your award I looked for your email address as I thought I might still have it, then the opportunity to congratulate you presented itself via Lock the Gate (my mother sent me the link).
    We came to you re Bickham in 2000/2001 and you gave us lots of sage advice and as you know ultimately our near decade long campaign to stop an open cut mine on what was once part of our family property was successful. How wonderful for you to receive recognition on the world stage because without you the beautiful Hunter Valley would be a much smellier, dirtier, uglier place than it is. What you have done for all of us is heroic.
    Kind regards,
    Michaela Malone.
  • Trevor Scott
    answered 2017-05-07 16:47:21 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hullo Wendy. I applaud you! Thank you so much for your courage and strength to say no to the coal miners. We have been warned by the scientists that the remaining fossil fuel, especially coal, must stay in the ground if we are to avoid more detrimental climate change and global warming.You have been instrumental in the fight to lock up this coal. On behalf of future generations, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
  • Graham Baker
    answered 2017-05-07 16:45:56 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: You are an inspiration to Australians of all ages . Congratulations Your speech has helped me to continue to fight for our land. Cheers from the Baker Family
  • Bo Kaan
    answered 2017-05-07 16:45:14 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Wake up Australia we are on the ropes and leaving it up to a little old lady to stand tall in our defense. Where are all the men! Congratulations Wendy you are a champion. ..
  • Osborne Gordon
    answered 2017-05-07 16:44:20 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Your determination to win this battle for what you have believed In and cherished all your life
    ,your beloved land ,from which you made your living from ,agriculture.
    You have worked and loved it all your life,only to see it destroyed by the greedy multinationals
    Your true grit and determination from the forgotten minority,goes to show that people power can win ,united not diveded.For to long the silent minority of Farmers of this nation have been bullied and runover by the bully tactics of the multinationals
    This sends a clear message to all these people and a chill down their spines
    Well done
  • Eugene Chattelle
    answered 2017-05-07 16:43:58 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Yes! Wendy, water is life…….Why is it that our governments are so all ears to the multi corporations when it comes to the so called economic benefits of digging up, fracking and spraying our lands with poisons and so deaf to the importance of looking after our environment, which after all is what will sustain us as human beings into the future?
    Thank you for taking a stand and for being such a positive role model by showing people that they too can say NO when it comes to the degradation of our priceless beautiful land. Blessings to you!
  • Helen Lewers
    answered 2017-05-07 16:43:38 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations Wendy. A fantastic effort to defend your environment and a wonderfully gracious acceptance speech!
  • Greg Chidgey
    answered 2017-05-07 16:40:49 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Very well done Wendy. You deserve to be recognised for all you have done. I only hope we can stop the Adani mine as well. I wish you a more peaceful time at your home now that the mine idea from Yancoal has been stopped. It is through people like you that such changes can occur. The current govt is limiting what people can do to protest such things and there is the threat of massive fines as well. This needs to change so that people can express their right to disagree with corporate interests that are harmful to us all. Once again I wish you all the best for the future.
  • John Richardson
    answered 2017-05-07 16:38:53 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations & Well Done Wendy.
    Thank you for standing-up on behalf of all Australians who oppose the wilful destruction of our communities & environment in the face of the relentless pursuit of the dollar.
    You are a wonderful example & inspiration for all caring Australians.
  • R Bull
    answered 2017-05-07 16:38:23 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hi Wendy
    Congratulations on winning such a valued prize .Your courage & tenacity to not let these environmental vandals win is amazing.As A 89year old I understand the great effort it must have required at times
    & We need more people like you who are prepared to fight to the very end for valuable farming lands,& keep dirty coal where it belongs , DEEP underground.
    Best wishes & may you continue to have a long happy life ,enjoying what you have fought for
  • Diana Carr
    answered 2017-05-07 16:38:00 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well done Wendy. Thank you for having the courage to stand firm.
  • Colleen McGrath
    answered 2017-05-07 16:37:17 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hi Wendy, I am inspired by your commitment to our precious environment. As a disabled woman, my efforts to alert others of the fragility of our environment, is limited to online petitioning and Facebook posts. My heart soared upon reading of your stoic victory. Congratulations and heartfelt thanks for your contribution towards a healthier planet. May you continue to build on this, inspiring others to do likewise. God Bless you.

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