2023 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners Include Texas Gulf Coast Defender

"Diane Wilson took on Formosa Plastics and won a $50m settlement to help clean up decades worth of toxic plastic waste".

"Grassroots activists who took on British mining giants and a serial plastics polluter – and won – are among this year’s recipients of the world’s most prestigious environmental prize.

The environmental campaigns led by the six 2023 Goldman prize winners highlight the hurdles faced by some local activists, who are often on the frontlines confronting the toxic mix of corporate greed and systemic corruption that is fuelling the climate emergency, biodiversity collapse and increasingly forced displacement.

The winners include the fourth-generation American fisher Diane Wilson, who won a landmark lawsuit against Formosa Plastics, one of the world’s largest petrochemical companies, for dumping vast quantities of toxic plastic waste on the Texas Gulf coast."

Nina Lakhani reports for the Guardian April, 2023.

Source: Guardian, 04/25/2023