A businessman, Goldman was disgusted with the Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska, and he and his wife Rhoda established a special fund to create the Goldman Environmental Prize, now considered the “green Nobel Prize.” Each year, it gives a prize to environmental activists in each of six regions to recognize efforts to improve the planet’s health. The award has grown to $150,000 for each recipient, and is specifically given to grass-roots activists, not politicians or governments. “Richard and Rhoda realized that the environment meant more than the United States,” said Amy Lyons, the executive director of the prize foundation. “In order to protect the environment, you really have to take it on at the global level.” Goldman died at his home on November 29, at 90.
From This is True for 5 December 2010