Nohra Padilla Awarded Goldman Environmental Prize

Nohra Padilla, Waste picker from Colombia, Recipient of 2013 Goldman Envrionmental Award

Unfazed by powerful political opponents and a pervasive culture of violence, Nohra Padilla organized Colombia’s marginalized waste pickers into unions and made informal recyclers a legitimate part of Bogota's urban waste management.

In recognition of her efforts Nohra has been awarded the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize for South & Central America.

Congratulations to Nohra!


Nohra's acceptance speech at award ceremony, 15 April, 2013, San Francisco, USA.
en espanol (English subtitles)

More information

This article details Nohra's trajectory from her childhood in a Bogota dump: Bogota Recycler Praised on the World Stage

Colombian Activist's Work Earns Environmental Prize
L.A. Times, 15 April, 2013.

Waste and Recycling Campaigners Win Goldman Prize
Resource Website, 15 April, 2013

Read an interview/ Q&A with Nohra

Read a tribute to Nohra from the SEWA Trade Committee

A video clip of Nohra at COP 21 in Paris, France, December 2015:

Goldman Environmental Prize Website: