Maisie Shiell, Canada

Categories: Lifetime Achievement and Special Recognition – 1998

In English it sounds like the well-chosen title of a comedy: “Nobody likes to mess with Maisie”. This is how Priscilla Settee, a Cree, from the “Indigenous Women’s Network” described the effect of what is probably the strongest single woman army in Canada. Born in England, she was and still is the terror of all Canadian prospectors and uranium mine operators. She received the NFFA for her life’s work.

Harendra Nath Sharan, India

Category Solution – 1998

The Indian Dr. Harendra Nath Sharan proves with the biogas plant developed by Sharans Engineering Ltd. in Winterthur for Indian conditions that “adapted technology” is also possible for Switzerland and Central Europe. Technology transfer from south to north. It proves how basic energy supply for a rural population can be ensured with few resources.

Raúl Montenegro, Argentina

Category Education – 1998

If you want to get a picture of Dr. Raúl A. Montenegro, you’d best ask his opponents, the South American nuclear lobby: Hardly anyone has thwarted their plans more lastingly than the biologist. In Argentina his name is synonymous with “courage in the face of the giants”. Without him, the Los Gigantes uranium mines would hardly have had to close and Guatemala would have built a nuclear power plant.

Yvonne Margarula, Australia

Category Resistance – 1998

At the beginning of 1997, a fight against uranium mining began in Kakadu National Park: First, Yvonne Margarula managed to get the lease for the Jabiluka mining site annulled by the Federal Court of Justice. She then requested that Kakadu be declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. Finally, she allied herself with the Greens and students.