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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.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011 20:17

Aika Tsubota

Aika Tsubota

Aika was born on November 26, 1979 and passed away on December 27, 1991.

For a girl so young, Aika knew more about the environment than other children. She left a lasting legacy with the publication in several languages of her book Secrets of the Earth. The book tackles many of the problems pertaining to man and nature.

Presented as a comic book Secrets was a one-girl project. Aika drew the illustrations, composed the text, organized the layout and the overall presentation. The book is being used as a textbook in elementary and secondary schools in Japan and its relevance may prove useful in other countries as well.

Youth Nature Conservationist Centre - WOLVES

Young Nature Conservationist Centre - WOLVES - activities include environmental education and the organization of outings to "discover nature", as well as summer and winter camps.

The WOLVES participate in natural science and environmental competitions. They take part in projects such as Amphibians, Bird Protection, Bumble-Bee, The Counting of Buzzards. They also took part in: Ozone and The Blue in the Sky (a project which monitored acid rain).

They helped the Environmental Commission in their region by marking the borders of nature reserves and also help with the maintenance of these protected areas. They have their own tree and shrub nursery where they plant and care for many endangered species. They also organize programmes and lectures for elementary schools on the subject of environmental protection. WOLVES have won the competition Golden Leaf several times as well as the Silver Thread. They also hold the prestigious prize for young environmentalists. WOLVES has also influenced children in the promotion of a positive relation towards nature.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011 19:27

Esther Peter-Davis

Esther Peter-Davis

Otil a Belaud is a women's and young people's organization in Palau engaged in serious defense of their culture, independence and the country's very unique environment.

Otil a Belaud worked against plans by Japan, Iran and the USA to base a superport oil terminal in Palau. Thanks to its efforts and those of other international environmental groups, the plan was shelved. Palau has a unique culture where land rights pass through women leaders.

There are some unrivalled ecosystems in Palau, which must be preserved and the women are determined to do this. Current environmental activities of Otil a Belaud include preservation of traditional taro swamps, lobbying for alternative sustainable energy systems, and a limit on building heights. It is an organization, which has utilized the grassroots line of communication to move more effectively.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011 19:24

Otil a Beluad

Otil a Beluad

Otil a Belaud is a women's and young people's organization in Palau engaged in serious defense of their culture, independence and the country's very unique environment.

Otil a Belaud worked against plans by Japan, Iran and the USA to base a superport oil terminal in Palau. Thanks to its efforts and those of other international environmental groups, the plan was shelved. Palau has a unique culture where land rights pass through women leaders.

There are some unrivalled ecosystems in Palau, which must be preserved and the women are determined to do this. Current environmental activities of Otil a Belaud include preservation of traditional taro swamps, lobbying for alternative sustainable energy systems, and a limit on building heights. It is an organization, which has utilized the grassroots line of communication to move more effectively.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011 19:22

Nancy Lee Nash

Nancy Lee Nash

Nancy Nash - conservationist, journalist and environmental education consultant, has continuously shown devotion and commitment towards wildlife conservation and environmental education.

She initiated the first contact between World Wildlife Fund International (WWF) and the Chinese Government. This led to a major cooperative effort to sustain the existence of the endangered giant panda. She helped organize the transportation of seven Siberian tigers from the Bronx and Minneapolis zoos, where they were being successfully bred, to China where too much in-breeding was taking place. Currently, she is involved in a major project with the potential of reaching more than 500 million people in Asia and beyond.

Nancy Nash is responsible for initiating, financing and running the project entitled 'The Buddhist Perception of Nature - A New Perspective for Conservation Education.' This project develops a new perspective for conservation education by using traditional Buddhist teachings to strengthen attitudes toward the protection of the environment, and to raise public awareness.

Her work has inspired similar projects aimed at probing the environmental ethics of religious and native communities throughout the world. For initiating this globally significant project, Nancy Nash received the prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise in 1987.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011 19:19

Theodore Monod

Theodore Monod

Born in 1902, Monod has had an extremely rich and fascinating life, dominated by his passion for knowledge, adventure and justice.

He is considered one of the world's pioneers in environmental awareness and action. He graduated as a Doctor of Science in marine biology and has maintained his interest in this field throughout his life.

His early duties sent him to West Africa for the development of fisheries, and there he discovered the appeal of the desert. While he has always been recognized as a fish expert, he has become world famous for his many explorations on camel back throughout the Great Sahara desert.

He became the founder, and for 25 years, the Director of the French Institute for Black Africa (IFAN) in Dakar, Senegal, which is still the major natural history institution of French-speaking Africa.

After his retirement, at the age of 70, Monod has been active in the Academy of Sciences. He has written a number of books and hundreds of scientific papers. Monod has received many prestigious awards and decorations including "Officier de la Legion d'honneur et des Palmes academiques" and "Chevalier du Merite agricole et de l'Etoile noire". He also received the Royal Geographical Society's Gold Medal (1960) and the American Geographical Society's "Charles P. Daly" Medal (1961).

Tuesday, 07 June 2011 19:15

M. C. Mehta

M. C. Mehta

If the thousands of medieval crusaders only partially and temporarily delivered the Holy Land from the Turks, this one crusader has probably won more battles in the courts of India.

M. C. Mehta, a lawyer, has led a crusade against polluters despite public apathy, the threats to his life, the financial costs, and the generally hostile circumstances surrounding his activities.

In his peaceful fight, he has succeeded in getting orders from the Supreme Court to include environmental messages in the cinema, in television, and to include the environment as a compulsory subject in schools up to the standard 12 level.

He regularly conducts green marches involving student, professionals, and ordinary people to widen environmental awareness and to get more positive action from the grassroots level to the bureaucracy.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011 19:10

Susan Lakhan

Susan Lakhan

Excessive slaughtering of leatherback turtles at Matura and other beaches, placed this species on the brink of extinction in Trinidad and Tobago.

Ms. Lakhan took it upon herself to reverse the negative image of her village as slaughterers and abusers of wildlife. She almost single-handedly patrolled Matura Beach at night when Forestry Division staff were unable to do so due to the lack of staff and other resources. As a result of her efforts, Matura is now a true conservation sanctuary for leatherback turtles, and the nesting beach is a source of income and pride to the village. She walked the length of this lonely beach night after night, accompanied by her husband, educating visitors about the danger of lights and noise which can hamper the nesting process; keeping non-permit holders away; and most importantly, keeping would-be poachers at bay.

Susan Lakhan did this for absolutely no remuneration, but for the love of nature, her community and her country. Thanks to her efforts, the Forestry Division, for the first time, benefited by receiving scientific data on a regular basis.

Tuesday, 07 June 2011 19:06

Valery P. Kukhar

Valery P. Kukhar

Valery Kukhar is a proponent of ecological monitoring in the Ukraine. He contributes his expertise in resource-saving technology by advising on the appropriate location and construction of industries. He has turned the attention of the public on the ecological problems in the Ukraine through the mass media.

Since the Chernobyl incident, he has devoted his time to examining ways of minimizing its harmful effects. He has also continued to apply his knowledge in chemistry to conduct research in the conservation of natural resources, the use of agricultural chemicals, and well-water retaining capacities.

 

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