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.
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.
Senator Claiborne Pell is a prominent US Senator (since 1961) with a distinguished public service record.
Senator Pell has initiated environmental legislation and influenced decisions of the United States government in support of national and international environmental programmes.
A Brazilian activist and rubber tapper, Chico Mendes led the campaign for "extractive reserves" in the country's tropical rainforests. These reserves are used by rubber tappers and peasants to exploit the forests sustainability.
He was assassinated by farmers in December 1988, in Acre, Western Amazon.
The late Dr. Mann was a Polish-born Kenya resident who worked tirelessly to improve livestock production in Kenya through the Animal Health and Industry Training Institute which he helped set up and directed for many years. He was involved in the formation of the Kenya National Freedom from Hunger Council, which promotes food self-sufficiency projects.
In addition Dr. Mann was a world-renowned expert on zoonotic diseases and contributed substantially to the research, treatment and reduction of hydatidosis in general.
In 1982 George Livanos formed the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA).
Since the creation of HELMEPA, this prominent Greek shipping magnate has lead a number of campaigns to reduce ship-generated marine pollution.
Sir Edmund Hillary
Sir Edmund Hillary, who, with Sherpa Tenzing Norkay, was the first man to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
He is now the New Zealand Ambassador to Nepal. There he has long been active in the preservation of forests and in the establishment of the Sagarmatha National Park in the Himalayas.
Charles L. Caccia
Charles Caccia was born and educated in
Mr. Caccia was first elected to public office as member of the City of
In September 1981, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed him Minister of Labour, and in August 1983, Minister of the Environment. From September 1984 to November 1988 he acted as Liberal Opposition Critic on environment issues.
Charles Caccia chaired the Standing Committee of the House of Commons on Environment and Sustainable Development from 1994 to 2004 as well as the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association from 1994 to 2004.
He is presently Senior Fellow at the Institute of the Environment,
His current activities involve issues of nuclear waste, climate change, use of pesticides, air and water pollution, urban sprawl, protection of pollinators and boreal forest.