The Goldman Environmental Prize is a prize awarded annually to grassroots environmental activists, one from each of the world’s six geographic regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands and Island Nations, North America, and South and Central America. The prize includes a no-strings-attached award of US$175,000 per recipient. The award is given by the Goldman Environmental Foundation headquartered in San Francisco, California. It is also called the Green Nobel. The winners are selected by an international jury who receive confidential nominations from by a worldwide network of environmental organisations and individuals. The Goldman Environmental Prize ceremony is held at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House every April, followed by a ceremony in Washington, D.C., two days later. More than 3,000 people attend the always packed, emotion-filled event. The ceremony features short documentary films to provide an introduction to the Prize recipients and their accomplishments. A member of the Goldman family presents the recipients with their Ouroboros statuettes, following the recipients’ address to the audience.
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