|May 5, 2019
Mapuche leader Alberto Curamil, Goldman Environmental Prize Winner
San Francisco, USA
Goldman Environmental Prize
Published on Apr 29, 2019
Lonko Alberto Curamil could not receive the prize due his imprisonment by the Chilean state, his daughter Belen Curamil had to travel to San Francisco (USA) to represent her father
Alberto Curamil organized his indigenous community to stop the construction of two hydroelectric projects on the Cautín River in Chile. The projects would have diverted hundreds of millions of gallons of water, harming a critical ecosystem and exacerbating drought conditions. In August 2018, he was arrested and jailed – because of his activism, sources believe – and remains in jail today.