Marjan Minnesma of the climate organization Urgenda is the first Dutch Goldman Environmental Prize winner. This important price for nature and climate protection is provided annually. An amount of almost 190,000 euros is involved.
Minnesota received the award for winning the Controversial Climate Case. Urgenda was able to enforce in the courts that the Dutch state must do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A decision by the Supreme Court in 2019 made this obligation final.
“The Climate Case has given a lot of hope again and has led to dozens of similar climate cases being started worldwide,” Minnesma told the organization of the award. “The Netherlands will achieve 25% greenhouse gas reduction by 2020 and must now accelerate to achieve its own target of 60% CO2 reduction by 2030. The Cabinet is not yet on track for this, so we will continue to emphasize this and propose a solution to get there. “