UNEP: Launch of the 2011 Champions of the Earth. Deadline: 31 October 2010

    Nominations are now officially open for the 2011 Champions of the Earth – the United Nations’ flagship environmental award.

    The award seeks to recognise the achievements of inspirational leaders, thinkers and, most importantly, ‘doers’ who have shown determination and enduring commitment towards achieving a cleaner, greener and more prosperous future.

    Previous winners of the award range from Prime Ministers and Presidents to scientists, NGO leaders and photographers.

    Members of the public from across the world can nominate their own environmental heroes for the prize. Nominations will be accepted until 31 October 2010 and can be made via the awards website: www.unep.org/champions

    UNEP will select a laureate for each of the following categories:

    • Policy Leadership
    • Science and Innovation
    • Entrepreneurial Vision
    • Inspiration and Action

    Each laureate will receive a US$40,000 cash prize and a commemorative trophy at an Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner to be held on 28 April 2011.

    Last year’s Champions of the Earth make for a diverse and inspiring cast list.

    They include Bharrat Jagdeo, President of Guyana and a passionate advocate for his country’s rainforests and His Excellency Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives and a well-known international climate change campaigner.

    Prince Mostapha Zaher – Director General of Afghanistan’s National Environmental Protection Agency – received the award for his advocacy on sustainability and Japanese scientist Dr. Taro Takahashi was honoured for his research into how carbon cycles through oceans, land and atmosphere.

    One of China’s most popular actresses, Zhou Xun received a 2010 Champion award for her promotion of green living, while American venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, also known as Silicon Valley’s ‘Mr. Green’, was recognised for his work in investing in renewable energies.

    The need for responsibility and leadership has never been greater. Leaders from the business world, civil society and governments are needed to build today’s new Green Economy and inspire others across the world to follow in their footsteps.

    Nominate your Champion of the Earth now!

    For more information, please visit: www.unep.org/champions or e-mail Lucita Jasmin on lucita.jasmin@unep.org