Last night San Francisco got a little greener as the 2010 recipients of then annual Goldman Environmental Prize took the stage at the War Memorial Opera House. Six winners, one from each inhabitable continent, were recognized for their outstanding achievements in conservation on a global level. Without further ado, here are this year's awardees:
1. Africa: Thuli Brilliance Makama, Swaziland, won a landmark case to include environmental NGO representation in conservation decisions.
2. Asia: Tuy Sereivathana, Cambodia, worked to mitigate human elephant conflict by introducing innovative low-cost solutions and empowering local communities.
3. Europe: Małgorzata Górska, Poland, fought to protect the unique ecosystems of Poland’s Rospuda Valley from a controversial highway project.
4. Islands: Humberto Ríos Labrada, Cuba, promoted sustainable agriculture by working with farmers to increase crop diversity and reduce the need for pesticide and fertilizer.
5. North America: Lynn Henning, Michigan, USA, exposed the polluting practices of CAFOs and prompted state regulators to issue hundreds of citations for water quality violations.
6. South and Central America: Randall Arauz, Costa Ricaled the campaign to halt the inhumane practice of shark finning in Costa Rica.
Check out these video profiles for a closer look at each recipient's work.