Tuesday, 19 July 2011 19:10

Thomas Landgren

Thomas Landgren

Thomas Landgren is Chairman of the Gullspang branch of the Swedish Association for the Protection of Nature - a citizen's group which has influenced local policies and publicised environmental problems such as threats to wetlands, the Gallspang salmon, and waste disposal.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:44

Malin Falkenmark

Malin Falkenmark

A professor of International Hydrology at the Natural Science Research Council, she presently serves as a consultant on water-scarcity issues to the FAO and the World Bank, and chairs the International Water Resources Association's Committee on Water Strategies for the 21st century and the Working Group on the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme for the International Association for Hydrological Sciences. Dr. Falkenmark is the author of over 150 water science publications and her recent studies in environmental management include climate change, water scarcity implications for the Third World development, and the links between terrestrial ecology and hydrology.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:33

Bjorn Olov Gillberg

Bjorn Olov Gillberg


Mr. Gillberg is the founder and director of Sweden's most influential environmental advocacy group, Miljocentrum. For 19 years he has been the publisher and editor of the monthly journal "Miljo och Framtid" ("Environment and the Future"). He initiated anti-pollution lawsuits, which have improved national legislation, and through his efforts, industry has now adopted pollution abatement measures. The numerous lawsuits he has won to compensate victims of environmental abuse have had wide publicity in the media.

Thursday, 09 June 2011 18:40

Torsten Malmberg

Torsten Malmberg

Professor Torsten Malmberg is Head of the Human Ecology Division of the University of Lund, Sweden.

In 1953 set up to the Falsterbo Bird Observatory which has now for decades made it possible to monitor and protect the migrating bird populations of Northern Europe. 20 years later he defended his dissertation in ecological zoology considered the alarming decrease of the Rook (Corvus frugilegus) as a result of the contamination by fungicidal seed dressings. This was soon prohibited, with the recovery of the Rook stock as a consequence.

During the last 50 years. Professor Malmberg has published more than 300 scientific and popular papers on ecology and behaviour, mostly orientated towards conservation. He is founder and editor of the Acta Oecologiae Hominis, an international monograph series on the science of human ecology. He has written the book Rooks and Pesticides and other papers addressing and expanding the subject of his dissertation. For decades he has been a leading functionary within Swedish national and regional societies for ornithology, human ecology and conservation.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:39

Globetree Foundation

Since its founding in 1982, by Ben van Bronkhorst and Kajsa Dahlstrom, Globetree has worked tirelessly to unite children in caring for their world. Globetree uses theatre and drama as its tools and has science and technology as its platform. Globetree uses the creative impulse to mobilize children and teachers to improve life and the environment.

Globetree's achievements include: curriculum development in Bolivia; ecological parks in Brazil; a university technology center in Indonesia; environmental education and technology in Kenya; GlobetreeNet (a network of children's advocates); GlobetreeTheatre; and GlobeEye (sound, picture and film archive).

When Globetree hosted a meeting of 600 children in Stockholm in 1986 to discuss environmental concerns, water was found to be their common bond. In the ensuing years, Globetree hosted the 'Sharing Water Ceremony' in Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Mexico, Norway and the Netherlands, and at the 1992 World Summit on Children at the UN in New York. These ceremonies culminated in Globetree's sponsorship of 5,000 young people from 70 countries in the Globe Arena in Stockholm on UN day - 24 October 1998. Their mission was to incorporate Agenda 21 into a group vision of a safe and healed earth, which they called Future Vessel.

For the first time in the history of global environmental activity, 200 computers linked the gathered participants with students from around the world. To symbolize their unity, the participants co-mingled water from their countries in a crystal bowl. Since then, 30 more countries have contributed water to this bowl.

Sadly, founder van Bronkhorst died three months before his Future Vessel vision was realized.