Jacqueline Evans, the conservationist responsible for helping to protect over 763,000 square miles of ocean from environmental degradation. Five years ago, she began a movement in the Cook Islands to protect the territory from pollution, seabed mining, and large-scale commercial fishing. Thanks to her efforts, new legislation — Marae Moana — has been passed. The victory is the first for the Cook Islands.
In July 2017 her conservation goals became enshrined in law, and now Evans is being honored with the 2019 Goldman Prize for Islands and Island Nations.