Tuesday, 19 July 2011 20:15

Peter S. Thacher

Peter S. Thacher

Peter S. Thacher dedicated more than three decades of work at an international level on remote sensing and other practical applications of space science. He played a special advisory role for NASA and provided a unique and extremely valuable contribution to geogrpahic information systems on local, regional, and global levels.

And in honor of Peter S. Thacker the Thacher Scholarship program was founded and is awarded to an exceptional high school student displaying the best use of satellite remote sensing in understanding the changing planet.

Mr. Thacker was a Board Member for the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies(IGES) and chairman of the Earth Council Foundation-US. Since retiring from the United Nations in 1983 at the rank of Assistant Secretary-General, Mr. Thacher was principally Associated with the World Resources Institute, and was senior advisor to Maurice Strong, the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Environment and Development--the June 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. His twelve years with the UN included serving as Director of the UN Environment Program (UNEP) European Office in Geneva until becoming Deputy Executive Director of UNEP and relocating to the Nairobi headquarters of UNEP.

Mr. Thacher began his UN service as Program Director on the staff that prepared the 1972 UN Environment Conference in Stockholm.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 20:13

Maurice Strong

Maurice Strong

Former Executive Director of UNEP (1973-76) and Secretary-General of the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment and of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development.

He was previously President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and Chairman of the International Development Board. During this period, Mr. Strong served as Alternate Governor for Canada of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD); the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

He has received honours from more than twenty universities in Canada, USA and United Kingdom, and was awarded the Tyler Ecology Award in 1974.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 20:11

Marion Stoddart

Marion Stoddart

For twenty years she campaigned for the clean up of the heavily polluted Nashua River in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA, restoring the river to a haven for salmon, trout and canoeists.

Stichting Werkgroep Behoud Tropisch Regenwoud

This Netherlands non-government organisation has worked extensively to raise the general awareness of the Dutch public about the state of tropical rainforests. It has published a report on alternatives for the use of tropical timber and organised conferences on rainforests.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 20:07

Chodchoy Sophonpanich

Chodchoy Sophonpanich

An influential environmentalist an president of the Thai Environmental and Community Development Association.

Ms. Sophonpanich has promoted environmental awareness nationwide, and has led major campaigns for a cleaner Bangkok, tree-planting and cleaner rivers and waterways.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 20:05

Ben Soans

Ben Soans

Ben Soans was the leader of a grassroots movement, which planted millions of trees in two Indian States: Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

He has established five tree nurseries and training centres for farmers and school children. He received India's highest environmental award in 1985. He died on 24 June 1989.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 20:04

Ully Sigar

Ully Sigar

Ully Sigar is a popular Indonesian cultural figure whose folk songs have helped create environmental awareness in Indonesia and Malaysia.

She is active with environmental NG0s in Indonesia, taking her musical performances to villages.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 20:03

Jill Sheppard

Jill Sheppard

Ms. Sheppard is a Barbadian environmentalist who for 11 years directed the Caribbean Conservation Association - a broad-based non-governmental organisation which fostered links between government and NG0s in the region.

Ms. Shepherd's work has had significant impact on the Caribbean environment.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 20:01

Philip Shabecoff

Philip Shabecoff

Philip Shabecoff is one of the most influential environmental journalists in the USA.

His impartial and well-documented reports in the New York Times of US actions regarding the natural environment has helped create a national literacy on the subject.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 20:00

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM)

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM)

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) a leading environmental non-governmental organisation which promotes stronger ties between NG0s in the region.

SAM surveyed the state of tropical forests in five Asian countries and has a very extensive and effective communication network in the region which publicises issues such as tropical forest destruction and pesticide pollution.