Goldman Environmental Prize Winners Take the Stage in San Francisco (video)

goldman award winners on green carpet photo

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The winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize were presented with their trophies last night in San Francisco, with such notables as Al Gore, Christiane Amanpour (both shown above with the prize winners), Robert Redford, and Tracy Chapman. The evening was filled with inspirational men and women taking a moment to be rewarded and enjoy the recognition they deserve for their incredible work. Click through for more images of the evening.

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Starting out the evening were short speeches on the importance of activism for global change. Al Gore stressed that we have to hold politicians accountable and ensure that the US takes a leading role in environmental issues this year at the UN Climate Change Conference.

goldman award robert redford photo

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Robert Redford balanced this sentiment by saying that while it is important to look towards politicians for leadership, it is also vital to focus on grassroots efforts to make real changes in people's lives - exactly what the Goldman Environmental Prize stands for.

goldman children with tracy chapman photo

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Tracy Chapman was also on hand to celebrate the winners, taking the stage to sing "Talking About a Revolution" and "Big Yellow Taxi" - two very appropriate songs for the evening. Here, she stands with John, Susan, and Douglas Goldman, the children of Goldman Environmental Prize founders Richard and Rhoda Goldman.

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Mr. Goldman himself took the stage to give an opening speech, and was there to shake the hand of each of this year's winners.

goldman winners take the stage photo

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After an evening of celebrating each individual winner, the group took the stage to bask in a well-deserved standing ovation for their hard work, courage, and perseverance that has helped bring attention to, and move environments and people from harm's way.

Click to the next page for videos of the winners and their projects

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