Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Sir Geoffrey Palmer has been Prime Minister and Minister for the Environment of New Zealand. He was instrumental in successfully combating driftnet fishing, a practice that led to the death of endangered species such as whales, dolphins, seabirds and turtles. His efforts resulted in the Convention for the Prohibition of Fishing with Long Driftnets in the South Pacific. Palmer was the driving force behind the New Zealand Ozone Layer Protection Act, and he also established the New Zealand policies to mitigate global climate change. His leadership made New Zealand one of the first countries in the world to introduce comprehensive resource management legislation.