Goldman Environmental Prize Founder Dies at 90


Richard Goldman at the 2010 Goldman Environmental Prize ceremony; Photo via Jaymi Heimbuch

Some sad news came out yesterday: Richard Goldman, the esteemed philanthropist and creator of the Goldman Environmental Prize, passed away of natural causes at the age of 90. We have the utmost respect for Mr. Goldman, and his foundation gave activists across the world the funding, and more importantly, the attention and recognition that their causes needed to make headway. From indigenous rights to saving sharks, from ending polluting practices to beginning new environmental protections in threatened areas, the prize was invaluable for eco-activists. But now it's time to pay tribute to the amazing man who made it all possible. Mr. Goldman has been a life-long philanthropist, beginning the Goldman Fund in 1951, which has given away nearly $500 million, and alongside his wife, created what is considered the Green Nobel, which recognizes activists from around the world and helps prove that anyone has within them the stuff of heroes.

Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp states, "Richard Goldman was a true champion of the environment and friend to the Environmental Defense Fund. His legacy will live on through his environmental leadership. Grants from The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund supported EDF's corporate partnership program with FedEx to introduce the next generation of low-emission hybrid trucks and EDF's California climate program to implement the groundbreaking California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). EDF sends our condolences to Richard Goldman's family and friends."

Mr. Goldman and his wife, Rhoda, were raised in San Francisco and stayed in the city they loved their entire lives. Together they had four children and eleven grandchildren. A funeral is scheduled Friday in San Francisco, according to Huffington Post.

It's a very sad loss for the environmental community, but thanks to the incredible heart and commitment of the Goldman family, there is a legacy that will continue to benefit activist around the world for years to come.

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