Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:59

Anil Agarwal

Anil Agarwal


Mr. Agarwal, an Indian national, is an environmental journalist and writer, who is currently the Director of Centre for Science and Environment, one of the leading voluntary organisations involved in environmental research in India.
Monday, 18 July 2011 18:49

Gilbert F. White

Gilbert F. White

A renowned geographer and scientist whose work has increased international understanding of natural and technical hazards, and the impacts of nuclear war.


Monday, 18 July 2011 18:47

Richard A. Vollenweider

Richard A. Vollenweider

An eminent aquatic biologist whose research on eutrophication has been important in conserving the great lakes of north America, and lakes worldwide.

Collaborating with OECD, WHO, PAHO, UNEP, ILEC, he has made outstanding contributions to sustained management of aquatic ecosystems.

He is actively involved in the research of eutrophication of the Adriatic Sea and the Mediterranean, and the protection of these seas from further degradation.

Monday, 18 July 2011 18:42

Edward L. Towle

Edward L. Towle

Dr. Towle established the island resources foundation in 1971 to promote sound management of island ecosystems.

He was the founder president of the Caribbean Conservation Association. Dr. Towle works mainly with young people in his environmental programmes.

Monday, 18 July 2011 18:15

Otto Soemarwoto

Otto Soemarwoto

An Indonesian scholar whose research has broadened understanding of the intricate relationships between population, resources, environment and development.

Monday, 18 July 2011 18:03

Dr. Celso Roque

Dr. Celso Roque

A senior official in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Roque has long been an active campaigner for environmental protection.

During his leadership, the Haribon Foundation expanded in scope and influence, becoming the most influential environmental NGO in the Philippines.

Monday, 18 July 2011 16:24

Ivan L. Head

Ivan L. Head

President of The International Development Research Centre, a leading Canadian organisation in environment and development research, which aids developing countries in land reclamation and management of river basins and arid areas.

AED Board Member Ivan Head died November 2, 2004, at age 74.

Dr. Head was founding director and a senior fellow of the Liu Centre for the Study of Global Issues at the Universityof British Columbia, where he was a professor of law and political science from 1991 to 1999. Before that he was president of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and spent a decade as foreign policy advisor for former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

Dr.Head joined the AED Board in 1997. In an address titled “On the Hinge of History,” delivered in commemoration of AED’s 40th anniversary celebration in 2001, he noted “the greatest threats to the well-being of humans worldwide are the widespread and deepening political, social, and economic disparities between persons living in countries in the South as compared to those living in the North.” He dedicated much of his life to narrowing that gap.

Under his leadership, the IDRC funded research that helped African countries find ways to restructure their economies to lessen the impact of huge debt loads.

“Dr.Head’s interest in and enthusiasm for the work of AED was always evident,” said AED president Stephen F.Moseley. “We will miss this special advocate for the poorest people in developing countries.”

Monday, 18 July 2011 16:07

Theodore Geisel "Dr. Suess"

Theodore Geisel  "Dr. Suess"

Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was an American writer of more than 40 children's books.

His book, The Lorax, published in 1972, is an inspiring cartoon story on how over-exploitation leads to environmental degradation. The Lorax is popular among children worldwide and has been translated into several major languages.

Monday, 18 July 2011 15:44

Gerald Durrell

Gerald Durrell

Mr. Durrell has, for 30 years, been one of the world's leading conservationists. In his books and television films he has promoted conservation of wildlife globally.

The Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, which he founded, is noted for its exemplary work in captive breeding of endangered species and for its international training centre, whose aim is to give basic training so that students may advance the cause of endangered species work and conservation in their own countries.

Monday, 18 July 2011 15:31

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Commandant Cousteau is a distinguished marine explorer and inventor of deep-sea diving equipment. He pioneered conservation of marine resources worldwide through his writings, lectures and award winning films.

In 1989, he was inducted into the famous Académie Française, France's highest form of recognition for lifetime cultural contributions. In 1991, the Catalan Institute of Mediterranean Studies in Barcelona awarded Captain Cousteau its International Catalan Prize. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington honored Cousteau with the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal in 1996.

Captain Cousteau was an official guest at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. The following year, he was appointed to the UN High-Level Advisory Board on Sustainable Development and agreed to serve as advisor on environmentally sustainable development to the World Bank. That same year, the President of France named him Chairman of a newly-created Council on the Rights of Future Generations; Captain Cousteau resigned this post in 1995 to protest France's resumption of nuclear testing in the Pacific.

Through The Cousteau Society, which he founded in 1973, the Captain focused his efforts to protect and improve the quality of life for present and future generations. Supported by contributions from members and the public, the Society has carried out expeditions throughout the world to document humanity's interaction with natural ecosystems, and to rouse the consciousness of Earth's citizens.

some text is from http://www.cousteausociety.org/

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