11 Apr '11, 4pm

Green: Awards Season for Environmentalists

Ursula Sladek seems an unlikely revolutionary — just the kind of person the Goldman awards staff is trained to find. The annual Goldman Environmental Prizes, to be presented on Monday to Ms. Sladek and five others at a ceremony in San Francisco, go to grass-roots activists who shake up the powers that be while enhancing or defending the environment. Each carries a $150,0000 stipend. While there are a variety of environmental awards in fields ranging from science to journalism, the Goldman juries have been particularly adept at picking winners who will run in trouble at home for their work or one day win far broader recognition. Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan founder of the Greenbelt Movement, which has spurred the planting of tens of millions of trees across Africa, won a Nobel Prize in 2004, 13 years after receiving a Goldman Prize. Ms. Sladek’s revolution involves a somewha...

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