Jean M. Belanger
President of the CCPA since 1978. In 1984, he led the industry's participation in the federal review of the petrochemical industry at which time the CCPA introduced "responsible care", a philosophy on corporate and environmental management.
CCPA has introduced community awareness/emergency response programme codes of environmental practice. Belanger has succeeded in having this philosophy adopted by chemical industry associations in the US and UK.
Mr. Riel is a young Iriadamant-Micmac Indian from Canada. With a group of friends, he set up Young People's Planet (YPP), a youth movement aimed at involving young people of all countries in environmental concerns.
In 1988, "Terra dei Giovani" of Italy hosted his visit to Italy, where he addressed schools about the planetary problems. In 1989 he became International President of YPP which began a "Green Mediterranean Campaign" which emphasises reforestation.
Ms. May, an environmental lawyer, has been active in the field since 1976. Her activities include working with the Haida people in British Columbia to establish a national park on South Moresby Island.
As Executive Director of Cultural Survival (Canada), she works for protection of forests and indigenous cultures in Brazil and Canada. She is also the national representative for the Sierra Clubs of Canada.
Snake in the Grass Moving Theatre
Founded in 1978, the Snake in the Grass Moving Theatre presents educational programmes for schools and the public, and has created many original productions ranging from theatrical interpretations of new ideas in biology and ecology to the dramatisation of various world mythologies.
In recent years the company has focussed on productions which examine some root causes of the global environmental crisis, including the critical dangers involved in the exploitation of the natural world and of indigenous cultures which truly revere that world.
Conservation Council of New Brunswick
The foremost environmental public interest group in New Brunswick. Work is implemented by volunteers whose objectives are to generate public awareness and to promote environmentally sound policies. These objectives are pursued through public speaking, publications, projects and community campaigning.
To focus public attention on groundwater pollution, the New Brunswick government created the Clean Water Act in 1989, establishing groundwater protection zones, chemical monitoring requirements, and legally enforceable safe drinking water standards.
Colleen McCrory, as Chairperson of the Valhalla Wilderness Society, led an eight-year campaign from 1976 for the establishment of the 49,000 hectare Valhalla Provincial Park in 1983.
Between 1984-1987 she assisted in the formation of the National Save South Moresby Park Reserve on Queen Charlotte Island. She received the Equinox Citation Award for her achievements in saving Canada's environment in 1989, which encouraged her to form Canada's Future Forest Alliance, an umbrella coalition of grassroots organizations representing one million Canadians.
Over the years its Board of Directors and Staff have included a diverse mixture of scientific expertise, political strategists, public spokespersons and literary/artistic talent. Colleen McCrory, who was one of VWS's chief activists and its longtime Chairperson, passed away suddenly in July of 2007
In developing educational programmes and informing the public on ways better to manage their resources to protect the environment, Michael Bloomfield, Founder and Executive Director of The Harmony Foundation of Canada, has helped many Canadians take definite steps towards sustainable development, including conservation, protecting forests and recycling wastes.
The Harmony Foundation, founded in 1985, has published two booklets and a regular newsletter with advice on practical actions to protect the environment. Michael Bloomfield is the Editor of Home and Family Guide: Practical Actions for the Environment.
If children could be made leaders in environmental programmes, Severn would surely be among them. She makes more sense than most adults who engage in small talk and do nothing. Severn, like many children her age, are doers and that means a lot when it comes to the environment. At age 5, she fought for the Indians in British Columbia to protect them from logging interests. At age 10, she founded the Environmental Children's Organization, which participated in the Earth Summit and brought the house down with her impassioned speech.
Jeff Gibbs creates programs and organizations to further his goal of citizen empowerment. Recurring process elements in his work include experiential learning about the planet, communication training, the building of a durable community of cohort support, and fostering a sense of hope.
As a teenager Jeff visited a Canadian rainforest that was endangered by industrial logging. In response, he formed a student group that created awareness-raising campaigns about the forest. Eventually, the forest was officially protected. Because of these efforts, Jeff was invited to Brazil to witness the first-ever gathering indigenous groups from the northern-eastern Amazon, who had gathered to discuss the impact of proposed dams that would have flooded their villages, rivers and food gathering areas.
Upon his return, Jeff created a slide show about his Amazonian journey and presented it to over 75,000 young people in schools across Canada, USA, Australia and England, motivating many young people to create school-based environmental clubs. Jeff then founded the Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA), an organization that linked together hundreds these youth groups through conferences, publications and rainforest campaigns.
Jeff then created Leadership Initiative For Earth (LIFE), a charitable organization that involved over 1,400 young people in experiential, nature-based learning programs. Highlights include the largest marine-based education program of its kind in the world; several voyages of the LIFEboat Flotilla brought together hundreds of young people with esteemed educators on fleets of sailing ships for hands-on learning adventures.
For several years thereafter Jeff played a lead role in establishing the WWF Young Volunteers Program that sends outstanding young people from around the world to remote WWF field sites in Bhutan, India, Switzerland, Madagascar, Fiji and Brazil.
Roselie Bertell started her research work on cancer in 1970. She developed epidemiological methods to detect the health effects of X-rays and of ionizing radiation from nuclear deices and radioactive materials.
She conducted health programmes for people who received radioactive impacts on the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific.
Ms. Bertell supports small NGOs involved in public health worldwide. In Canada, she is campaigning against the uranium mining activities in the province of Saskatchewan. Her book No Immediate Danger: Prognosis for a Radioactive Earth has been translated into French.
She is the President of the International Institute of Concern for Public Health. In 1986 she received the Alternate Nobel Prize.