The popular American musician who has done much to promote environmental causes through his music.
Dr. Anitra Thorhaug
An American ecologist who has influenced many countries, including the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in developing policies and programmes for the conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystems.
Her work on seagrass rehabilitation and management has helped developing countries on 5 continents where she has set up demonstration projects with the involvement of local people, especially fishermen and women.
Her recent work on oil spill clean-up with model projects in 3 continents caused IOC/UNEP to send her to the entire Gulf (ROPME sea) after the Kuwait war to assess damage to each nation of the Gulf.
She has worked both with government, universities and NGOs in developing countries in Africa, Latin America, Caribbean, Asia and Middle East on these problems.
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.
For twenty years she campaigned for the clean up of the heavily polluted Nashua River in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA, restoring the river to a haven for salmon, trout and canoeists.
Philip Shabecoff is one of the most influential environmental journalists in the USA.
His impartial and well-documented reports in the New York Times of US actions regarding the natural environment has helped create a national literacy on the subject.
In addition to his work as an actor, Robert Redford has been a noted environmentalist. In 1975 he fought against Kaiparowits, a coal-fired power plant planned in Southern Utah surrounded by five National Parks. The outcome was that the plant was never built.
Mr. Redford has also been involved with many pieces of environmental legislation including the Clean Air Act (1974-75); The Energy Conservation and Production Act (1974-76); strip mining bills (1977-78) and the National Energy Policy Act (1989).
In 1983, Mr. Redford founded the Institute for Resource Management (IRM) which has sponsored conferences addressing environmental issues deadlocked by opposing sides, such as Future of the Electric Power Industry to Resource Development on Indian Lands, Offshore Oil Leasing in the Bering Sea and Urban Air Quality.
Dr. Peter Raven
An American botanist who, during the past twenty years, has turned the Missouri Botanical Garden into a major centre of environmental conservation programmes, especially for developing tropical countries.
He uses radio, TV and lobbying to further the environmental cause. He is a recipient of the UNEP Gold Medal (1982).
Public Broadcasting Service
This non-commercial American TV station has produced many influential films on the environme
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.
The Nature Conservancy
Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy is an international conservation organisation committed to the protection of biodiversity. The Conservancy owns and manages more than 1,600 preserves in the US - the world's largest system of nature preserves. It has also helped protect millions of acres throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands.
Working with local conservation organisations, the Conservancy builds conservation capacity abroad, helping other nations safeguard their own natural heritage.