Goldman Environmental Prize Winner: Marc Ona Essangui

by schmidt on May 8, 2009 · 2 comments

in Miscellaneous Schmidt,Sustainable Building Materials

Marc Ona Essangui is an activist in Gabon fighting both his government and the Chinese company CMEC’s plan to harvest Iron Ore in the ecology sensitive Ivindo National Park.  He is the recipient of the San Francisco based Goldman Environmental Prize, brainchild of Richard & the late Rhoda Goldman, two of the City’s brightest philanthropic and humanitarian lights.

Resource exploitation is one of the foundations of growth.  The global economy cannot produce all the outputs needed for capitalism to survive without raw material for production.  Most of the harvesting of these raw materials happen in far off places like Gabon, and most consumers do not care if some poor black or brown tribe gets stepped on in the name of progress.  But it is the basics, things like iron, steel and wood, that goes into our structures when we build.  If we don’t become conscious of what we are using on the back end, communities like Marc’s, and in the end our own as well, will fall.

Marc has been a grass roots leader in Gabon, leading his NGO “Brainforest” to advocate for the rights of the people and environment of Gabon in the face of international resource acquisition.  His work has lead to threats, arrest and restrictions for both him and his family, but he continues to press for sustainable policies in Gabon & by extension, here in the US.

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1 Fatima 11.20.15 at 1:23 pm

Hello Kennan,I really eneyojd the pictures. Next time you are in Gabon, look me up. Our new organization works with the Bongolo Hospital (.org) to provide medical air transport around the country. Also, we have a guest house in LBV that might be of service to you.Keep up the good work.Steve

2 04.28.16 at 6:06 pm

Harder to bite the hand of Big Brother that feeds us if this mess goes through.Some insurance does have dental, or you can get an additional policy as I did to cover dental. Shop around there are many out there. Med Life and United Concordia are two I know of.

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