Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

Environmental Prize

Supporters travel to DC to see Judy Bonds receive the Goldman Prize


Mother Jones
A Coal Miner's Daughter

Washington Post
Mountaintop Crusade of a Coal Miner's Daughter

Charleston Gazette:
Raleigh woman to get environmental award 

Goldman Prize Website:
Coalminers Daughter in West Virginia, Australian Aboriginal Grandmothers Among Winners of 2003 Goldman Environmental Prize

Profile of Judy Bonds
Photos of Judy

WV Public Radio:
Nobel for the Environment Windows Media

Living on Earth
Coalminers Daughter Turned Activist Wins Top Enviro Prize  Real Audio

A Celebration of Global Environmentalism

San Francisco Chronicle:
Goldman Prize honors environmental crusaders

Wall Street Journal
Coal miner's daughter wins highest environmental award

Coal Trade links to Hoover's On-Line with two stories about Judy Bonds (one from the Charleston Gazette story, and one from the Wall St. Journal.)


UN Wire: Seven activists receive prize (scroll down)

African Wildlife Foundation:
2003 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners Announced

Seeing the Forest blog--scroll down...the writer hopes Judy runs for Senate!


Voice of America: Goldman Prize Honors Environmental Activists

New Zealand: Right to fight acknowledged

Friends of the Earth nominees win environmental prize (FOE asked OVEC to help provide MUCH background information on Judy Bonds and MTR.) 

Coalminer's Daughter Wins World'S Largest Environmental Award - The Julia Bonds Story

France: Prix Goldman pour lenvironnement (scroll down)

Sarasota Herald Tribune (AP):
International grass roots activists honored with Goldman prize

San Jose Mercury News (AP):
International grass roots activists honored with Goldman prize

Grandmothers Lead List Of Goldman Prize Winners

Seven activists win top environmental prize

Award for US coalmine activist 

Environment News Service:
Environmental Awards Celebrate Grassroots Action

Grist Magazine:
West Virginia activist Julia Bonds takes on mountaintop-removal mining 
Prize Fighters

San Francisco Examiner:
Activists honored with green award

Oakland Tribune:
Green Nobel Prizes to be given at S.F. ceremony

American Communication Foundation on Judy: Personal Perseverance 

Africa OnLine: Goldman Prize honours environmental activists

Seven Environmental Activists Honored With 'Green Nobels'

German website, Brazil-based:
Goldman-Preis an sieben Umweltschtzer verliehen

WCHS TV: Julia Bonds (scroll down)



Julia (Judy) Bonds -- Mountain Heroine

Goldman Environmental Prize Winner for North America

April 14, 2003
Photos by Vivian Stockman unless noted

Congratulations Judy! Judy is Community Outreach Coordinator of the Coal River Mountain Watch, which is based in Whitesville, WV. The Goldman Environmental Prize is the world's largest prize program honoring grassroots environmentalists.

We at OVEC are so excited that Judy has won this prestigious prize! We've watched her develop over the years. It's clear she's the perfect person for this great honor, as she's not only a highly effective, courageous leader and organizer, but also a dynamic speaker and a team player truly committed to ending mountaintop removal.

Judy is obviously motivated by a fierce, protective love for the Appalachian Mountains, which have nurtured six generations of her coal-mining family. She knows and lives the truth about mountaintop removal, and she speaks that truth despite intimidation and a torrent of public relations tripe from the coal industry. Her passion and bravery inspire others to speak up against coal's destruction of their communities, their waters and their mountains.

Judy's winning of this prestigious prize is a dramatic underscoring of what we all know--that mountaintop removal is the most devastating and egregious planned environmental assault in the United States. We certainly hope Judy's award focuses nationwide attention on this very sad and unnecessary by-product of our nation's gluttonous energy appetite.

As more people know that when they flip on the light switch they are helping to blow the tops off richly-forested mountains, perhaps more people will take greater efforts to conserve energy and to demand that elected leaders make an all-out push for establishing truly clean alternative energy systems nationwide. That would be the greatest prize Judy could ever receive.

Below are some photos of Judy in action.

Judy Bonds (left) with Freda Williams. Behind them is one arm of Marfork Coal's massive Brushy Fork coal slurry impoundment. This Massey Energy subsidiary's impoundment could hold up to five billion gallons of coal slurry, liquid waste left over from processing coal for market. The impoundment looms over the headwaters of the Coal River, near Whitesville, West Virginia. 

Judy speaks at a June 2002 press conference in Washington DC about Bush administration changes to the Clean Water Act that legalize illegal mountaintop removal activities .

Judy (left) and Freda Williams at a valley fill near Artie, West Virginia.
Photo by Bob Gates

Judy, front, and friends at a Massey Energy coal sludge impoundment.

Judy as one of the crowd at a rally against a coal truck weight limit increase.


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