Ian Bruce Carrick Kiernan
It has been said that great acts begin with small ideas and Ian Kiernan is just the man to ask when you want to build things up from scratch. Returning from a 27,000 nautical mile solo yacht race around the world, Ian was appalled at the state of the world's oceans. This experience prompted him to form a small group of volunteer friends and supporters to clean-up Sydney Harbour.
The result was a resounding success and since 1989 Clean Up Australia had become a national activity which has grown from 200,000 volunteers to 400,000 in 1992. Clean Up Australia was given the "Event of the Year Award" by the Australian Day Council in recognition of its achievements. Five year since the project began, Ian is now looking forward to the "Clean Up the World" project where Clean Up Australia will team up with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to do just what the title implies - clean up the world.
The project will focus international attention on the common issues of waste management.
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 in
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.
Akbar Sara Hussain
The oil industry almost exclusively employs men in the field due to the high risks involved. More so in situations requiring great skill and courage - like capping oil head fires.
Akbar Sara Hussain stand tall in the oil industry of Kuwait, not only because she is a petroleum engineer, but more importantly, because she played a key role in stopping the over 700 oil fires set ablaze by retreating Iraqi troops during the 1991 Gulf conflict. Being a woman did not deter her from doing what she had to do.
She stayed in Kuwait during the invasion, kept the computer files of all well heads in her home, posing great danger to herself and her family. With her courage and leadership, she helped direct the capping of the blazing well heads, which were put out in less time than expected and earned her a place in ecological history.
Jeff Gibbs creates programs and organizations to further his goal of citizen empowerment. Recurring process elements in his work include experiential learning about the planet, communication training, the building of a durable community of cohort support, and fostering a sense of hope.
As a teenager Jeff visited a Canadian rainforest that was endangered by industrial logging. In response, he formed a student group that created awareness-raising campaigns about the forest. Eventually, the forest was officially protected. Because of these efforts, Jeff was invited to Brazil to witness the first-ever gathering indigenous groups from the northern-eastern Amazon, who had gathered to discuss the impact of proposed dams that would have flooded their villages, rivers and food gathering areas.
Upon his return, Jeff created a slide show about his Amazonian journey and presented it to over 75,000 young people in schools across Canada, USA, Australia and England, motivating many young people to create school-based environmental clubs. Jeff then founded the Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA), an organization that linked together hundreds these youth groups through conferences, publications and rainforest campaigns.
Jeff then created Leadership Initiative For Earth (LIFE), a charitable organization that involved over 1,400 young people in experiential, nature-based learning programs. Highlights include the largest marine-based education program of its kind in the world; several voyages of the LIFEboat Flotilla brought together hundreds of young people with esteemed educators on fleets of sailing ships for hands-on learning adventures.
For several years thereafter Jeff played a lead role in establishing the WWF Young Volunteers Program that sends outstanding young people from around the world to remote WWF field sites in Bhutan, India, Switzerland, Madagascar, Fiji and Brazil.
Hafidi My El-Mehdi
Once upon a time, a rare species of wild sheep (Amotragus Lervia) roamed 15,000 km of the rock peaks of the eastern Moroccan range.
In 1985, forestry engineer Hafidi My El-Mehdi undertook the first census, which revealed that only 40 of this rare species remained in these daunting mountains. The extinction of this species was the result of poaching by the local population. Mr. Hafidi reacted by locating and counting the animals that were left, and by sensitizing the local population. He brought in food and water; fought against poachers and undertook a study, which would lead to the creation of a national park to save this species. Mr. Hafidi convinced high-level authorities to support this park which is currently being set up.
Freddy Ehlers is an Ecuadorian communicator, who has been working in television and mass media since 1970. His series on Latin America Let's Talk About Ourselves (1979) became the first of its kind to show the cultural and natural values of the Andean region.
In 1990, he began with the production of a programme called La Television, a programme, which emphasizes environmental issues. One of the objectives of La Television is to create, amongst Ecuadorians, an awareness and a concern for their environment. It has become the most popular of all Ecuadorian productions and has the highest ranging of all TV programmes.
For over 27 years, Ecover, based in Malle, Belgium, has been devoted to developing and producing effective and ecological washing and cleaning products made from plant and mineral based ingredients. Ecover's aim is to provide effective sustainable alternatives for washing and cleaning that can be used daily by people all around the world.
Ecover's ecological principles extend far beyond the products they create. Ecover's vision of sustainability takes ecological, economic and social aspects into account from the origins of the raw materials, to the complete biodegradation of the final products. Strict criteria are employed along the way as guidelines for all business operations. The products themselves are manufactured in Ecover's unique, world-famous ecological factories in Belgium and France.
Ecover is a company that operates with sustainability at its very core. Ecover is constantly innovating and pushing boundaries to create new and more effective products that have minimum negative impact on the environment.
In 1993 Ecover was awarded the “Global 500 Roll of Honour” award, for outstanding achievements in the protection and improvement of the environment. And, in 1999 Ecover received the "Environmental Stewardship" Award from the Council on Economic Priorities for it's ecologically sound manufacturing process and it's overall commitment to producing environmentally safe products.
Tsevesyn Davaajamts is a professor of biology and botany and has published nine books, 40 scientific articles, and more than 80 feature articles on the subject.
His interest in these matters did not confine him inside the walls of academe. He was active in the application of ancient traditions to fatten cattle without damaging pasturelands. He has also led his people in planting over 80 million trees, which have survived to this day because of his method in preparing saplings.
He is also known for his contribution in the publication of Mongolia's national atlas where he provided maps on damaged pastures.
CHASKI Children's Magazine
The Bolivian magazine CHASKI was created out of love for children. The publication appeals not only to pupils and teachers, but to those children whose parents are out working in the fields, mines, factories or streets.
It was conceived in February 1983 in Cochabamba as a 21-page magazine with a circulation of 1,800. Today, it boasts a circulation of 10,000 and is published in La Paz. CHASKI's aim is to transfer ideas, optimism and new approaches.
It creates in the child an awareness of his surroundings and offers an understanding of the various social groups that make Latin America. The reading child can express himself through the magazine as well as learn about himself. The magazine encourages love for nature and the environment and offers a balance between the individual, nature and societ
Luis Bustamante has dedicated the last 15 years of his life to the protection of nature and the environment in Mexico.
In 1990, he formed the Mexican Association of NGOs for the Defense of the Pacific Coast, and he has brought together Mexico's most important NGOs to form the Committee for the Defense of The Chimalapas, the last tropical rainforest whose existence was threatened by the construction of a main highway.
Thanks to his efforts and pressure put forth by his committee, in 1992, he managed to convince the government to change the route of the highway.
At present, the organization is working with the indigenous people and inhabitants of this last rainforest to begin sustainable development projects, which would enable them to preserve their habitat.