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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  • Dianne skipper
    answered 2017-05-07 16:35:30 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well , Wendy congratulations on winning your award, a very proud achievement. On keeping your land I cant tell you how happy I am for you, and everyone involved. The Government have no regard to these matters, and others, which is of concern to me.
  • Theresa Martin
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-07 16:35:17 +1000
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  • Diane Masters
    answered 2017-05-07 16:35:00 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy,
    Congratulations on this award. You have shown amazing strength under significant pressure. I admire your resolve and appreciate the values you hold. Thank you
  • jaki burgess
    answered 2017-05-07 16:33:43 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: thank you l do hope those that come after you hold your values
  • Julie Muir
    answered 2017-05-07 16:33:35 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy, I thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of my great great great grandchildren too. Especially for your determination, experience and common sense. We need farmer and food growers and we all need water! And of course we need you and all the people fighting mining companies to stay out of our iconic areas. You are an example and a mentor. Thank you.
  • Christine James
    answered 2017-05-07 16:33:14 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy,
    My most hearty congratulations to you for your successful fight against another unnecessary coal mine. I write from France where my partner and I are touring. We live in Lismore in Northern NSW. Here in France, it is land clearing for horses and sheep and the heavy use of pesticides is wreaking a heavy impact on the birds, amphibians, insects and French wildflowers. They are all disappearing rapidly.
    Australia’s EDO is a superb institution which in fact represents democracy. Unfortunately Australia currently has a government that has no interest in the natural heritage of Australia because it is blind to the fact that natural heritage is also natural wealth. This same government has no conscience whatsoever, so it has demonstrated, regarding the urgent need to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the effects of Anthropogenic Global Warming. These effects of extreme weather patterns and events are costing our economy and our communities dearly.
    I salute your courage, your wisdom, and your organisational skills in winning your right to live on your own land and maintain its health and in doing so, the health of other properties in your region.
    Thank you. Christine James
  • Adele Scott
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-07 16:32:35 +1000
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  • Adele Scott
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  • Adele Scott
    answered 2017-05-07 16:32:14 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy, congratulations and thankyou. Thankyou for standing for water, for without clean water we would all perish. Every living thing on this planet depends on water for its survival and every living thing has a relationship to all that is living. By standing up for water you are not only protecting The Hunter Region, you are effectively standing up for life. Adele Scott
  • Jordan Van Soest
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-07 16:31:26 +1000
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  • Joan Smith
    answered 2017-05-07 16:30:59 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy, Thank you for your passionate commitment to protecting the beautiful Hunter Valley from the ravages of coal seam gas! I was born and grew up in Maitland and have often traversed the Upper Hunter with its productive farmlands. Congratulations! Joan Smith (now a Canberran)
  • Jordan Soest
    answered 2017-05-07 16:30:37 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Hi Wendy, thankyou for fighting..(and winning).. against these souless buggers,
    Todays Australia has made me feel ashamed to be an Australian…but knowing people like you still exist…restores my pride. You are a true and honorable Australian…thankyou.

    Sincerely,
    Jordan van Soest.
  • Peter Kurz
    answered 2017-05-07 16:27:35 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy, I am glad that you stayed the course and did not waver in your efforts to honour our precious land and water!!
    This is becoming more and more important as our goverment is brutally revwenue hungry and does not care for the ultimate fate of the precious soil that is endangered.
    Thank you again!!
    With love Margaret and Peter Kurz,
    Adobe Mudbrick holiday flats, Mallacoota, Vic.
  • Cheryl Kneipp
    answered 2017-05-07 16:25:18 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy Goldman, Thank you for your hard won fight, my future generations & Australia’s future generations will thank you, it is a sad reflection on the government be it State or Federal that they care not, for the future of this arid fragile, but truly beautiful Continent. You & like minded people will go down in history, as taking on the Goliath Corporations & winning this battle. Congratulations you never gave up. There will be many more battles to fight against Corporations, be it coal or Coal seem Gas, as well the very Government we elect in to represent us. The truly sad thing is they have take no responsibility, for what is left in their wake a truly destructive force, harsher to our continent then the destruction of mother nature. How does the saying go for evil to flourish it takes good men & women to do nothing. Thank you again Cheryl Kneipp
  • Julie Braden
    answered 2017-05-07 16:25:08 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Bravo Wendy, well deserved. You are an inspiration and an asset to all Australians.
    Heartness to you.
  • Naomi Wiley
    answered 2017-05-07 16:24:26 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Wendy, you are an inspiration to us all to not just care for the environment but to actively defend it.
  • Christine Carmichael
    answered 2017-05-07 16:21:14 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Well done Wendy. An inspiring person deserving of this prize. The battle goes on in many places around the world, where the environment is seen simply as a ‘resource’ for making money. Lock the Gate has also helped to raise awareness about not only the damage of coal mining but of fracking coal seam gas and, as you point out in your speech, the impact on groundwater. Let’s hope people power and education will win out.
    Regards
    Erst
  • Sharon Ramel
    answered 2017-05-07 16:21:06 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Blessings and gratitude to you Wendy for your courageous fight for our Earth mother against those who seek to destroy. You are a true visionary and earth keeper
  • Bev Parkes
    answered 2017-05-07 16:18:30 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Wendy, you are an inspiration to every Australian who has to stand up to the environmental vandals and their crony politicians who wants to destroy our land and waters for thirty pieces of silver. The Goldman Environmental Prize, what an achievement thoroughly deserved Wendy.
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  • Janette Mercer
    answered 2017-05-07 16:16:04 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy,
    Congratulations on your courageous determination in the fight to save your property and others like it. You are so well deserving of the Goldman Environmental Prize !! Doug and I know and understand the stresses and emotional strain you would have been through to achieve your victory – we fought against Premier Peter Beattie and then Premier Anna Bligh when they were determined to buy up properties in the Mary Valley, Qld. for the proposed Traveston Dam 2006 to 2009. We were determined not to sell out to the Government and have rich fertile soils in this food bowl flooded with a dam that was environmentally unsound.
    We love your spirit, your courage and tenacity.
    God Bless,
    Doug & Jen
  • Robert Oort
    answered 2017-05-07 16:15:29 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy, you are a champion, one of a kind, thank you!
  • Kitty porter
    answered 2017-05-07 16:14:38 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear WENDY, Congratulations on winning the Goldman Environmental Prize, thank-you for standing up against giant conglomerate companies that try to lay waste to generational farmlands. You are a true Aussie champion! God Bless & well done. SINCERELY, KITTY.
  • Margot Vidgen
    answered 2017-05-07 16:14:12 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Your speech was beautiful.
    Your words are true.
    You are an inspiration and a beautiful strong woman.
    Congratulations for the simplicity yet power of your speech.
    And congratulations to all who have and will continue to spread the word of this great cause, which is the future of humanity.
    Margot (from Paris).
  • Andrew Hall
    answered 2017-05-07 16:11:01 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: well done, thank you from the whole planet!
  • Michael Speers
    answered 2017-05-07 16:10:21 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy Bowman, proud of your determination and courage!
    Michael in The Clare Valley, South Australia
  • Nathan Wales
    answered 2017-05-07 16:09:50 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Wendy, you are an inspiration and role model. It is people like yourself who help us to realise that we don’t have to let Government and big business alter our calling in life, one founded on principles. Courageous. Thank you.
  • Vicki Barry
    answered 2017-05-07 16:09:36 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Dear Mrs Bowman,
    Hearty congratulations on both your Environmental Prize and standing up for your rights and against the Coal Industry. More power to you.
    Your commitment is inspirational.
    Thank you.
    Vicki Barry
  • Graham Noonan
    answered 2017-05-07 16:08:38 +1000
    Q: Would you like to send a message to Wendy?
    A: Congratulations for winning the Goldman environmental prize and for having the courage stand up to the coal miners. Well done Wendy!

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