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Diane Wilson: 2023 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner

  • In December 2019, Diane Wilson won a landmark case against Formosa Plastics. Apr. 24, 2023.

    In December 2019, Diane Wilson won a landmark case against Formosa Plastics. Apr. 24, 2023. | Photo: Twitter/@andresdelcas

Published 24 April 2023 (12 hours 44 minutes ago)
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"She is our hero, and we are thrilled that she is receiving this well-deserved recognition," CODEPINK said in a press release. 

American Diane Wilson, who held a powerful plastics company accountable for dumping toxic waste off the Texas coast of the Gulf of Mexico, has been awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize 2023 on Monday.

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The prize is awarded each year to grassroots activists from the world's six inhabited continents. A formal award ceremony will be held in Washington, D.C., at 8:30 p.m.

This year, the Goldman Environmental Foundation's recipients are: Chilekwa Mumba of Zambia; Zafer Kizilkaya of Türkiye; Tero Mustonen of Finland; Delima Silalahi of Indonesia; Alessandra Korap Munduruku of Brazil; and Diane Wilson of the U.S.

The peace group CODEPINK, of which Diane Wilson, 74, has been a member for 20 years as co-founder, celebrated that "she is receiving this well-deserved recognition." 

"She fights for her fishermen and her bay. She fights for people all over the world. She understands and feels deeply the connections between the environment and war," the grassroots feminist organization said in a press release.

In December 2019, Diane Wilson won a landmark case against Formosa Plastics, one of the world's largest petrochemical companies, for illegally dumping toxic plastic waste on the Texas Gulf Coast. 

The director and founder of Calhoun County Resource Watch and executive director of San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper won a 50 million dollar settlement. It is considered the largest settlement in U.S. history in which a private citizen brings a lawsuit against an industrial polluter under federal clean air and clean water legislation.

Formosa Plastics agreed to settle for zero discharge of plastic waste from its Point Comfort plant, pay fines until the discharges cease, and fund the rehabilitation of affected wetlands, beaches and local waterways.

The Goldman Environmental Prize is awarded to "individuals fighting on the front lines of the greatest environmental issues of our time" around the world. The foundation's President, John Goldman, said, "Now that the world has awakened to acute environmental crises such as climate change, fossil fuel extraction, and pollution of our air and water, we are much more aware of our connections to each other and to all life on the planet."

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