Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

Environmental Prize

Congrats Judy!


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 

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

Appalachian Erin Brockovich  (follow link, scroll down) Real Audio Audio story by Marketplace

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)



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

April 16,2003
Photos by Vivian Stockman
30 supporters join Judy for DC ceremony

A group of about 30 coalfield residents and activists traveled to Washington, DC to help Coal River Mountain Watch's Judy Bonds celebrate winning the 2003 Goldman Environmental Prize for North America.  Many an eye moistened during the moving ceremony, held at the National Geographic Society's Grosvenor Auditorium.  We are so proud of you, Judy!

True to form, we activists couldn't resist a visit to the offices of West Virginia's Senators Byrd and Rockefeller.  We thanked Senator Byrd for publicly stating that the National Academy of Sciences recommendations on coal sludge impoundments should be implemented. Those recommendations include identifying alternatives to coal sludge impoundments and identifying ways to eliminate and reduce the "need" for these impoundments. We also mentioned our concerns over mountaintop-removal-related flooding of the coalfields. 

Senator Rockefeller's aide didn't surprise us when he assured us that the Senator supports "mountaintop mining," despite supposedly being concerned about the flooding of the coalfields. 

A few folks also visited some House Republicans who are likely to support the Clean Water Protection Act of 2003, a bipartisan bill that would stop coal companies from dumping our former mountains into our streams.  The bill would also prevent industries from dumping all manner of wastes into our nation's waters.  

Judy's award and the Clean Water Protection Act will help us keep up the pressure on those who would remove every coal bearing mountain in southern West Virginia. 

The crew from West Virginia on Capitol Hill.

We meet up with Judy (center) in a Senate Office Building.

Judy discusses mountaintop removal with various Senator's aides.

Larry Maynard informs Senators' aides about the Massey Energy coal
sludge impoundment being built above his hometown of Delbarton, W. Va.

Bob Gates (to the right of the TV) discusses his film "Mucked,"
which is about the 2001 and 2002 floods, with John Richards
(right of Gates), who is one of Senator Rockefeller's aides.

In the auditorium.

Goldman made a short video about each award winner, telling a bit
about the environmental problems they work to overcome. Judy's
video includes shots of blasting at mountaintop removal operations. 

"Dustbuster" Pauline Canterberry was in Judy's video, too.

Judy on the big screen.

Judy and some of her fellow award winners.


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