Tuesday, 07 June 2011 20:45

Time Magazine

Time Magazine

Time, an international news magazine, has consistently displayed a genuine concern for the environment and played a vital and meaningful role in informing its millions of readers about how they can help to improve the environment.


Tuesday, 07 June 2011 20:20

Macon L. Terry

Macon L. Terry

Terry is an action-oriented environmental achiever. As a boy scout, he led in the effort to save the endangered green and ridgeback turtles and organized a coconut reforestation programme in Mexico.

He has spoken at many national and international fora and has used his talent in ventriloquism and puppetry to drive home his message. In the United States, he established a Children's Forest for the US Department of Agriculture. His articles and environmental cartoons have been widely circulated.

Friday, 03 June 2011 23:32

Dr. Calestous Juma

Calestous Juma is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project.

He is a former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and Founding Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies inNairobi, and he also served as Chancellor of the University of Guyana. He has been elected to several scientific academies including the Royal Society of London, the US National Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World.

He has won several international awards for his work on sustainable development. He holds a PhD in science and technology policy studies and has written widely on science, technology, and environment. He teaches courses in developmental policy as part of the MPA/ID Program.

He is lead author of Innovation: Applying Knowledge in Development. He is editor of the International Journal of Technology and Globalisation and International Journal of Biotechnology.

Thursday, 02 June 2011 14:21

Dr. Karen Eckert

Dr. Karen Eckert

Dr. Karen Eckert is one of the most important figures in conservation and grassroots community empowerment in the fields of endangered species in the Wider Caribbean Region.

She is the Executive Director of the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST) which seeks to restore depleted sea turtle species and promote sustainable co-existence between Caribbean peoples and their marine resources.

Through Dr. Eckert's efforts WIDECAST seeks to integrate both government and non-government groups in establishing scientifically-sound resource management policies in 36 Caribbean states and territories. Under Dr. Eckert's direction, the project has resulted in a comprehensive series of nationwide Sea Turtle Recovery Action Plans. The WIDECAST model conceived and designed by Dr. Eckert, consists of a regional recovery team of senior sea turtle scientists who volunteer their time and expertise in training local country coordinators. These individuals, in turn, work with residents in defining a national agenda for the recovery of sea turtle stocks.

The direct involvement of in-country grassroots networks is the heart and soul of the WIDECAST programme. It educates the local network about marine resource management and creates an advocacy body, which will ensure implementation of the plan. These plans are locally generated and are customized to local needs, culture and regulatory systems.

 

Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:13

Richard Evans Schultes

Richard Evans Schultes

Professor Richard Evans Schultes embarked on an active life of Amazonian exploration. So involved was he in the region that a huge part of that unique region was named after him a few years ago. He has written a number of publications, including Economic Botany of the Kiowa Indians; Plants and Human Affairs; The Botany and Chemistry of Hallucinogens; El Reino de los Dioses and The Healing Forest. He has been a contributing author to the Encyclopedia of Biological Sciences, Encylopedia Britannica and the Encyclopedia of Biochemistry. Professor Schultes is the recipient of a number of award including Colombia's Order of Victoria Regia (1969); the Cross of Boyaca (1983) and the WWF Gold Medal (1984).


Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:49

Dr. Edgar Wayburn

Dr. Edgar Wayburn

Dr. Edgar Wayburn, is a Sierra Club volunteer who in the course of 50 years of environmental work has saved 106,271.000 acres of public protected land.

At 87 years of age, he is still active in nature conservation through his role as Chairman of the International Committee of the Sierra Club and as Honorary President of the Sierra Club.

He was instrumental in establishing the Redwood National Park through his personal relationship with key national legislators and agency staff and he drafted documents and prepared and gave testimony at Government hearings.

His campaign to establish the Golden gate National Recreation Area in California were similar to his efforts for the Redwoods.

His involvement in Alaska is even more phenomenal. He and his wife tramped and canoed much of the areas and again his ability to mobilize national action was decisive. It was he who approached the Sierra Club Board to take on the issue of identifying wild areas in Alaska for protected status. He was very much involved in structuring the coalition of environmental groups, which planned the political strategy to bring about success.

His dedication to the protection of the wild is unmatched.


Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:43

CenterStage Children's Theatre Troupe

CenterStage Children's Theatre Troupe

The CenterStage Childen's Theatre Troupe is a group of young performers, ages eight to 20, who take their original musicals to schools, communities and conventions and represents 20 who take their original musicals to schools, communities and conventions an represents 20 school districts from Wisconsin. Their flagship musical, To Save the Planet, is about the global environment and has been performed 115 times for over 43,000 people. It is inter-generational and illustrates the consequences of our actions on the environment. The members have become ambassadors for the environment and have joined forces with the Children's Alliance for Protection of the Environment (CAPE). They work in separate schools to organize environmental clubs and CAPE chapters. They help to clean up neighbourhoods, recycle and conserve. The American Library Association's Book list reviewed the cast album and said "a thoroughly professional, polished performance". And Wisconsin's Governor said To Save the Planet is a shining example of the type of work that must be done today to ensure our happiness and livelihood tomorrow". By selling the script to schools, hundreds of kids across the United States of America have been able to put on the musical themselves. It has been performed abroad by schools in Mexico, Taipei, Taiwan and Peru.

Sunday, 22 May 2011 23:32

George B. Schaller

George B. Schaller

Sunday, 22 May 2011 23:32

George B. Schaller

George B. Schaller

Sunday, 22 May 2011 22:05

Rampa and Tom Hormel

Rampa and Tom Hormel

Rampa and Tom Hormel have been environmentalists since 1986. Initially, they supported the Global Tomorrow Coalition by funding and organizing conferences supporting sustainable development.

In 1986, Tom founded the Global Environment Project Institute (GEPI) a private foundation which they co-chair. Through GEPI, they have initiated and supported projects such as: The Eastern Africa Environmental Network (EAEN) which helps increase environmental awareness in the region and promotes information exchange through a newsletter and an annual conference which now draws participants from 10 East African countries; Environment and Education which designed a curriculum for high school students to investigate the impact of consumption on natural resources within the school context; the Environmental Resource Centre (ERC) which serves the public with its library, meeting area and projects on waste, energy efficiency and transportation; the Sawtooth Community Garden Project (SCGP), which educates communities in sustainable living practices through the construction of a renewable energy greenhouse and community facility set in a five-acre botanical garden. SCGP will provide models of sustainable building and gardening practices.

Rampa has focused on consumer issues, the founding and directing of an information centre at the nation's first environmental shopping mall and served on the Board of Green Seal, a non-profit organization which identifies environmentally-friendly goods and services.

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