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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  • 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. ..
  • Ossie 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.
  • 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
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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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