President of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society in Lincoln, and a senior scientist with the WWF. In 1968 Dr. Payne discovered that humpback whales sing songs, and his studies resulted in the 1970 album, "Songs of the Humpback Whale", thus stimulating the Save the Whale movement. Dr. Payne's current research includes a 21 -year behavioural study of the whales of Argentina, demonstrating that it is possible to study free swimming whales in the wild without injuring them. Past research from his Society includes studies of the potential disturbance to whales of sounds generated by offshore industrial development.
Dr. Polunin is a botanist and plant ecologist who has participated in, or led, numerous scientific expeditions to Greenland, Spitsbergen, northern most Norway, the Canadian Eastern and Western Arctic, northern most Alaska, Siberia, and West Africa and high mountains elsewhere, as well as making flights over the North Pole to investigate the biotic content of the atmosphere at the highest latitudes. He has made significant discoveries in the plant ecology of the Arctic, subArctic, and high-altitude regions.
More recently he has organised major conferences on the environmental future and the endangered biosphere.
Director of Friends of the Earth between 1984 and 1990, he turned it into one of the most authoritative environmental campaigning and public awareness groups in Britain. His books, "Seeing Green" and "The Coming of the Greens", are notable contributions to literature on the environment. His latest work, "Save the Earth", has sold more than 500,000 copies in 25 different countries. He has also done extensive work promoting the environment on television and on radio.
The founder and current coordinator of an environmental education programme for children in Venezuela called "Ecological Games". She initiated this programme in 1979 with 50 children in Caracas, and has involved more than 16,000 children from 15 cities around the country. It organises games and informal activities in the country-side for children in the urban areas. The objectives of the programme are to promote the children's sensitivity towards nature, allowing them to discover their role in changing the public's behaviour toward the environment
M. K. Ranjitsinh
Dr. Ranjitsinh has served as Regional Adviser in Nature Conservation for UNEP's regional office for the Asia and Pacific regions, and was instrumental in preparing national conservation strategies for Thailand and Bangladesh. He assisted in the elaboration of a cooperative environment programme for the South Asian Countries, and the International Convention on Migratory Species of Wildlife. Dr. Ranjitsinh was director of the Wildlife Department from 1973-75 and was instrumental in planning the funding of new national parks and sanctuaries in India.
Dr. Rho, as president of the Korean Planners' Association in 1974, laid the academic foundations for the creation of sound human settlements across the country, and was instrumental in convincing the government to create green-belts around the metropolitan areas. He played a critical role in establishing the Graduate School of Environmental Studies at the Seoul National University.
Dr. Rho also participated in the formation of the Korea Environmental Preservation Association whose works centre on the protection of nature and on the prevention of environmental pollution caused by industrialisation.
Eduardo Del Rio (Rius)
Rius and Ms. Ruge co-authored a children's booklet, "Cuademos de vida y ecologia, todos contra la contaminacion". The booklet has been circulated throughout the Mexican public school system to over 250,000 Mexican children by the government. With Ruis's cartoon figures and Ruge's text, the booklet explains the dynamics of pollution in Mexico and comments on the rationalisation and habits of the polluters. The booklet is extremely witty and explains pollution in terms that are accessible and compelling to readers of all ages.
Over the past 25 years, Rius has written books and comics on ecological themes.
Ms. Ruge and Rius co-authored a children's booklet, "Cuademos de vida y ecologia, todos contra la contarninacion". The booklet has been circulated by the government throughout the Mexican public school system to over 250,000 children.
With Ruis's cartoon figures and Ruge's text, the booklet explains the dynamics of pollution in Mexico and comments on the rationalisation and habits of the polluters. The booklet is extremely witty and explains pollution in terms that are accessible and compelling to readers of all ages.
Starkist Seafood Company
In 1990 Starkist Seafood, the world's largest tuna fish canner, announced that it would no longer sell tuna with dolphin. As a result of this decision, 75% of the USA canned tuna market turned "dolphin safe" almost immediately.
Asian and European canners have recently followed this example. Prior to this action many Pacific tuna fishing fleets intentionally dropped their nets on dolphins because in some areas tuna swim under schools of dolphin. This fishing technique, known as "setting on dolphin", was responsible for some 100,000 dolphin deaths every year. Starkist is also actively encouraging foreign nations to use only "dolphin safe" fishing methods, and is supporting the United Nations' call for a global ban on driftnet fishing.
Crispin Charles Cervantes Tickell
Sir Crispin Tickell has been concerned with the environment as long as he can remember. He took advantage of a sabbatical year at Harvard University in 1975/76 to write "Climate Change and World Affairs" (since reprinted twice).
As an adviser to participants in the annual economic summits, he helped put environment on the agenda. When Permanent Secretary of the Overseas Development Administration, he established the environmental dimension of British aid policy; and as British Ambassador to the United Nations he played a key role in environmental affairs, including initiation of the UN Conference on Environment and Development in 1992.
Among his current responsibilities he is Chairman of the Climate Institute, President of the Royal Geographical Society and the Warden of Green College, Oxford.