If you live in the city, you know how difficult it can be to connect with nature and, perhaps more important, to see the impacts of our unsustainable actions. This challenge is heightened in Colombia, where a devastating armed conflict has long kept urban residents from venturing out into rural areas. If they did, they would see how the conflict has wrought heavy deforestation.
The “The New Environmentalists” film series features portraits of six social innovators “who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle intimidating adversaries” in the fight for environmental justice. The innovators, including two Ashoka Fellows, are this year’s winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize, known as the “Nobel Prize of the environmental world.”
Our hearts and minds have been focused on nature’s power after the recent earthquake in Virginia, and the major blow from Hurricane Irene that tore up the Atlantic coast. But if we look past these most recent disasters, we can see signs of opportunity in the environmental recovery and conservation efforts of Ashoka’s change agents.
Ashoka’s Youth Venture, a global organization supporting youth social entrepreneurs, and Best Buy Co., Inc. are proud to present the five winners of the Technology for a Better World Campaign. The winners were recognized for their innovative contributions to public and community service at the prestigious Jefferson Awards in Washington, D.C. in May 2011.
The Ashoka East Africa staff and Fellows were saddened by the recent news of Ashoka Fellow Andrew Macharia’s passing. Macharia (Kenya, 2003) was one of the region’s earliest Fellows; he was elected in 2003 for his innovative community-based waste management and recycling program, The City Garbage Recyclers
Healthpoint Services Global, Inc., a social enterprise supported by Ashoka Innovators for the Public, has won the prestigious Sankalp Award for Innovative Social Enterprises - Emerging Ventures in the Health/Water/Sanitation sector for 2011. This award acknowledges HealthPoint as the most innovative and promising health-oriented social enterprise in India this year.
We are thrilled to congratulate Ashoka Germany Fellow Ursula Sladek and Ashoka Indonesia Fellow Prigi Arisandi, who were just announced as 2 of 6 winners of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize! The annual award, often referred to as the Nobel Prize for the environment, recognizes “grassroots environmental heroes around the world for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk.
On December 25, 2011, Shyam Chainani, the green activist and Founder of the Bombay Environmental Action Group (BEAG), passed away. He was one of the key environment and urban planning pioneers and champions, first in Bombay and then all of India and also beyond. In addition, he was an early, key India Member of Ashoka.
The Ashoka community in India and around the world has lost a great friend.