Desmond D’Sa is the winner of a 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize. The Goldman Prize, often called the “Green Nobel”, rewards extraordinary grassroots environmentalists.
D’Sa has, for over two decades, been a watchdog snapping at the heels of errant companies, particularly major oil refineries, which have polluted their way through decades of industrial expansion in south Durban, South Africa. In 1995 he was the founding chairperson of The South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), an alliance of 16 community organizations addressing environmental and human rights issues.
Desmond is currently the SDCEA Coordinator, and a coordinator of the Right2Know Campaign, a national campaign against the draft secrecy laws such as the Protection of Information Bill and the Media Appeals Tribunal. Desmond is a tireless campaigner and also serves as the Coordinator for the Durban Social Forum and sits on a number of activist boards and church organizations.