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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  • Victoria Lewis
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-07 17:15:51 +1000
    Hear her speech: Wendy Bowman wins Goldman Environmental Prize
  • Victoria Lewis
    answered 2017-05-07 17:15:19 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy, if I might adopt a familiar Tone with you, please accept my heartfelt gratitude and respect for you, a woman, a cause so close to my heart. Congratulations on your service to the water which feeds our land, our lives and the ecology. Life in all its manifestatio s is precious and you have lived yours in a manner both inspirational and rewarding to so many and so much.
    I have been an environmental activist since the anti uranium mining movement of the seventies and you remind us to count the achievements and never to give up the defence of that which is God given. When democratic processes succeed in serving citizens and citizens of the future we can all feel empowered to continue. Also bless you for the purity and clarity of your style. I wish I had it.
  • Maureen O'sullivan
    answered 2017-05-07 17:14:04 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations on a wonderful job Well done!! We are fighting a coal mine at Kingaroy on some of the best agricultural land in the state .I do hope we are as successful as you have been. It is on our son’s property.
  • Cherri Browne
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-07 17:13:49 +1000
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  • Allan Tucker
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  • Cherri Browne
    answered 2017-05-07 17:12:39 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hi Wendy, Thankyou for all your efforts to stand firm for what is right and good. You are an inspiration to people like me, a grandmother greatly concerned for my grand daughters and the future they will have to face. Congratulations on your well deserved award. Don’t stop now!!
  • Anna Crozier
    answered 2017-05-07 17:12:19 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy, Thank you for guttering of will, your courage and tenacity to prevent more assault and genocide upon Earth and all species life. Earth sized hugs and love for you. Anna
  • Allan Tucker
    answered 2017-05-07 17:12:03 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy,
    Congratulations on your environment award. All Australians owe you a debt of gratitude, even if a minoriy are not yet aware. As a 78 year old city dweller, I further appreciate your courageous and long term commitment to saving our agricultural land so that we can all eat healthily. As an eighteen year old conscript in the army, I first became acquainted with the beauty of the Hunter valley through which I had only travelled on the train before to holiday with cousins in the railways at Werris Creek.
    As a high school history teacher I also had an historical understanding of the Hunter region and the links between settlement, coal mining and agriculture.
    In the sixties, I had the good fortune to visit the valley again with friends who took me to meet the Tulloch family and thus, convinced of the quality of Hunter wine after town years drinking French wine in Europe, I took home wines from the wonderful vintages of 1965 & 1966. After that, I joined The Wine Society which had its origins in the Hunter with Max Lake and his winery Lake’s Folly. So now, the Hunter is personally dear to me and now you understand how grateful I am to you for your actions which I fervently hope will save this land for the future generations.
  • Glynn Stiller
    answered 2017-05-07 17:05:32 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Exceptionally well done! It is a pity that we still have to fight against the coal mining lobbies and the politicians in their pockets in cases such as Aldanis’ Carmichael mine in Queensland which will destroy the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Dolores Neilley
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.

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