Wednesday, 13 July 2011 14:54

Josef Velek

Josef Velek

A Czech journalist, TV producer and author, and founder of the "brontosaurus- movement which mobilises youth for conservation.

During the past 14 years the movement has organised 15,000 young people to work in afforestation.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 14:43

Michael Werikhe

Michael Werikhe

Mr. Werikhe raised nearly US $1 million for rhino conservation in his sponsored walks in 1982, 1985 and 1988 which covered nearly 5,000 km in Kenya and several European countries. His "walks for the rhino" significantly increased awareness and influenced public opinion in Kenya and Europe.

He is a rare example of an African grassroots activist in a field usually dominated by expatriate scientists.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 14:24

Dr. Enrique Beltran

Dr. Enrique Beltran

For 50 years Dr. Beltran has been a celebrated figure in Mexico in bringing environmental problems to the forefront of public awareness.

His projects have had a great impact in the research on the environment and marine biology. He has formed the best public library in Mexico on ecology and natural resources.

Dr. Beltran was vice-president of IUCN from 1954-58 and is an honorary member of WWF.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 14:20

Reid A. Bryson

Reid A. Bryson


In 1963, Dr. Reid A. Bryson founded the Center for Climatic Research, in which he is currently Senior Scientist. Throughout his career, Dr. Bryson has been interested in interdisciplinary studies and was one of the founders and chairman of the University of Wisconsin’s Interdisciplinary Committee on the Future of Man. 

He also was the driving force behind the development of the University of Wisconsin's Institute for Environmental Studies and its focus on the "interdisciplinary study of the man-environment system" between 1965 and 1970. He was Director of the Institute from 1970-1985.  The Institute has produced scores of graduates in fields of environmental importance. Considered by many to be the ‘Father of Scientific Climatology’, Professor Bryson has written five books and more than 240 papers in the fields of limnology, meteorology, climatology, archaeology and geography. 

Much of Dr. Bryson’s work has dealt with climate in relation to human ecology, and this has lead him into extensive travel, especially to Asia where he worked primarily on anthropogenic changes of climate and landscape in general. 

Dr. Bryson is also widely known for his research on past climates, climatic change, and climate in relation to biota and history. His best-known laboratory works are in the development of new approaches to climatology, such as airstream analysis and quantitative, objective methods of reconstructing past climates. Dr. Bryson is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Meteorological Society, and a charter member of the World Council for the Biosphere. HeSenior Scientist at the Center for Climatic Research and Emeritus Prof. of Meteorology, of Geography, and of Environmental Studies.

Though born in Michigan in 1920, he regards Wisconsin as his home state, his profession as teaching, and his field as interdisciplinary earth science with a strong humanistic component.
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 14:14

Chatichai Choonhaven

Chatichai Choonhaven

Former Prime Minister of Thailand who showed political leadership and courage in revoking all logging concessions because of their damage to the environment, a reform sought by conservationists for decades.

The 1989 decision was a landmark, proving Thailand's will to protect and manage the environment, particularly its forests.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 14:08

Barbara d'Achille

Barbara d'Achille

The late Mrs. d'Achille was a journalist. She took part in an expedition conducted by Jacques Cousteau, which stimulated her interest in the environment. Mrs. d'Achille visited the Peruvian jungles for 18 years, opposing any depredation and campaigned for national parks and sustainable development.

In 1987, the Continental Bank honoured her with an award for creating awareness of conservation. During a mission to study the area of Huancavelica, Peru, she was attacked and murdered on 31 May 1989.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 03:56

Joseph T. Ling

Joseph T. Ling

Dr. Ling has contributed significantly to intellectual and scientific approaches to environmental concerns by applying the concept of waste minimization to a global industrial organization.

In 1975 he inaugurated the "Pollution Prevention Pays" (3P) programme at the multinational 3M Company, where he served as Vice President of Environmental Engineering and Pollution Control. The 3P programme set an example for governments and industry worldwide. Since then the programme at 3M locations around the world has eliminated 197,000 tons of air pollutants, 17,700 tons of water pollutants, 1,600,000,000 gallons of wastewater and 432,000 tons of solid and hazardous waste. It has also saved the company nearly $573 million.

Dr. Ling has promoted the concept to industry and governments in the US, Europe and Asia, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 03:42

David McTaggart

David McTaggart

Mr. McTaggart was a founder of Greenpeace International and has been the organization's chief spokesman and Chairman since 1979.

In 1972 McTaggart sailed to French Polynesia to protest against French nuclear tests near Mururoa Atoll. This was the beginning of the many campaigns by Greenpeace against nuclear tests and whaling.

The organization has grown to three million members in 21 countries.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 03:13

Raulino Reitz

Raulino Reitz

For half a century, Father Reitz has worked for the preservation of the environment in Brazil. Mainly thanks to his efforts, 750 hectares of Botanical Park was established in 1961 in Santa Catarina.

He was instrumental in the creation of the ecological stations of Taimbes, Carijos and Babitonga, between 1976 and 1986. He initiated protection of endangered fauna covering 40 species of animals. Beginning with 51 animals, his project now helps more than 1,000 people.

An accomplished researcher, Reitz has discovered five new genera and 327 new species of plants in Brazil and he has written extensively on botany and ecology.


Wednesday, 13 July 2011 03:00

Kantilal Jivan Shah

Kantilal Jivan Shah

For nearly 30 years, Mr. Shah has been active in conservation and environmental activities which resulted in the creation of Marine National Parks and Nature Reserves. He has also been instrumental in establishing coastal and nature reserve management, protection of sea turtles and the conservation of mangrove swamps.

He has brought environmental issues and the need for conservation to the forefront of public awareness.

Mr. Shah has been involved in the passing of the following legislation: creation of Ste. Anne Marine National Park; Vallee de Mai Reserve; Port Launay Marine National Park, the Protection of Shells Act; Animal and Bird Protection; Controlled Cropping of Seabirds' Eggs; Protection of Turtles; and the Seychelles Marine Mammal Sanctuary.

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