Philip Rivogbe Kio
Dr. Kio has made significant contributions to knowledge and improvement, both theoretically and practically, of forestry and the ecosystems rainforest and savannah) in Nigeria. His 70 publications help to disseminate his knowledge and skills in these fields.
Since 1967 industrial pollution in Kitakyushu City during the past several decades has been drastically improved through organised efforts among local government industries, universities and the public.
Air and water pollution had reached dangerous levels requiring the City government to strengthen control, monitoring and investment for sewerage and industrial clean-up. Dredging of hazardous harbour sediments was performed with cost- sharing by industrial companies. Urban parks have been expanded by city government and industry.
Kitakyushu City won the Japan Environment Agency Award in a "star watch" contest in 1987, which gave evidence of the revival of clean air in the city. The city also won the "UNCED Local Government Honours" in June 1992, in special recognition of its achievements in overcoming its severe environmental pollution and its active efforts in international environmental cooperation by making use of the experience.
Roberto M. Klein
Professor Klein, a biologist, has written more than 100 publications in Portuguese, German, Spanish and English on environmental issues. He is an influential adviser on reafforestation.
Dr. Lang has significantly advanced the cause of the environment by contributing actively to the development of international environmental law.
Between 1977-82 he was Chairman of the OECD Group on Transfrontier Pollution and participated in negotiations on Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution from 1978-79. In 1985 Dr. Lang was President of the Vienna Conference on the Protection of the Ozone Layer and in 1987 President of the Montreal Conference on Substances that deplete the Ozone Layer. In 1989 he published a book on international environmental law in Vienna, where he teaches at the University. He also participated in the Rio Summit. At present he is Austrian Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva.
Laurel Springs School
In 1988, 12 high school students of Laurel Springs School decided to make a video that would inspire children to help save their planet. Their video is "We Can Make a Difference?". The students wrote, filmed, edited, produced and raised all the money for the making of their video. Since receiving the Global 500 award in 1990, over 1 million children have seen "We Can Make a Difference".
The students of Laurel Springs School remain dedicated to their cause. They have made two more videos, "Making a Difference Around the World" and "One Small Wish for this Earth" and written two environmental workshops. This year the Laurel Springs students (ages 12-18) are performing their "Earth Hearing" workshops in schools around the country. They are also working on a fourth video.
Dean R. Lindo
Mr. Lindo was Minister of Natural Resources (1984-86) and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (1986-89) of Belize. In 1985 he created the first reserve for the protection of the jaguar and in 1986 he created Belize's first marine reserve. Mr. Lindo started research at the Central Agricultural College on organic alternatives to chemical fertilizers and pesticides and brought in new legislation against the importation of dangerous commercial agricultural chemicals. In 1989, he initiated a national Tropical Forestry Action Plan, which will guide Belize towards sustainable forest exploitation.
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.
In 1986 Professor Lovelock became President of the Marine Biological Association of the UK. He has published numerous papers and secured many patents over a wide field of environmental science. His contributions to the science of atmospheric chemistry are notable. He is perhaps best known for his "Gaia" hypothesis on the interdependence of life on the planet.
Mr. Malai, a farmer, lives about 100 kms north of Bangkok where 20 years ago he established his mango orchard as a habitat of Night Heron, Cattle Egret Cormorants, Open-billed Stork and other species. Today, his conservation work is assisted by the Royal Forestry Department.
His area has been declared a Bird Conservation Unit. "Uncle Jom's" story has been praised in the international media and he is recognised by the Thai government as the best individual wildlife conservationist.
Ms. May, an environmental lawyer, has been active in the field since 1976. Her activities include working with the Haida people in British Columbia to establish a national park on South Moresby Island.
As Executive Director of Cultural Survival (Canada), she works for protection of forests and indigenous cultures in Brazil and Canada. She is also the national representative for the Sierra Clubs of Canada.