Polish IVLP alumna Malgorzata Gorska holding the Goldman Environmental Prize

Polish International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumna Małgorzata Górska was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize on April 19, 2010.  Górska, an environmental activist from the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds, won the award for her successful campaign to halt the construction of a highway that would have cut through the Rospuda Valley, one of Europe’s last patches of undisturbed wilderness and home to a variety of wildlife and endangered bird species.

The Goldman Environmental Prize comes with a $150,000 cash award and is informally known as the “Green Nobel Prize.”  The Goldman Prize Committee said that Górska was ” was “instrumental in fostering a citizens’ movement (…) to protect the Rospuda Valley from construction.” Górska took part in an IVLP project entitled “Balancing Environmentalism and Transportation” in 2008.

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Today we are celebrating World Food Day in the U.S.

Dealing with chronic hunger is a high priority in the Obama administration’s foreign policy.  The US Secretary of State wrote an interesting opinion piece setting out the five principles guiding US policy to food security.  You can find the article at: http://www.europeanvoice.com/article/2009/10/1-new-approach-to-global-food-security-and-hunger/66172.aspx

To celebrate the event, today we are hosting the first of a series of “Green Chats” online to discuss environmental issues.  Today we will host two participants in the Solar Decathlon.  The chat will be held today from 15:00 to 16:00 Warsaw time.  If you would like to participate, please follow this link to our chat.  Click on “Enter as a Guest,” choose a nickname, and you will be in!  Look forward to many more webchats covering all kinds of global issues.

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