Champions of the Earth is the United Nations’ flagship environmental award that recognizes outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science, entrepreneurship, and civil society action.
The Award, which is organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), seeks to honour men and women whose actions and leadership have made a positive impact on the environment. Whether by helping to improve the management of natural resources, demonstrating new ways to tackle climate change or raising awareness of emerging environmental challenges, Champions of the Earth should serve as an inspiration for transformative action across the world.
Past laureates have included past laureates Mikhail Gorbachev, Al Gore, Felipe Calderon, Mohamed Nasheed, Marina Silva, Vinod Khosla, and many other such exemplary leaders on the environment and development front. The Champions of the Earth laureates are invited to accept their award at an international ceremony, which publicizes and encourages the worldwide replication of their achievements.
The award seeks to celebrate leaders and visionaries across all walks of life. We are searching for inspirational examples of the power of green initiatives to address environmental crises, and those that create and implement powerful solutions that set the stage for a sustainable Green Economy for the 21st century.
UNEP invites nominations from individuals who have made a significant contribution globally, regionally and beyond, to the protection and sustainable management of the environment and natural resources. Deadline for receipt of nominations for 2014 is on 14 March 2014. Candidates will be judged by a senior UNEP panel.
UNEP will select a laureate for each of the following four categories:
- Policy Leadership
- Science & Innovation
- Entrepreneurial Vision
- Inspiration & Action
For more information and to nominate yourself, your organization or someone you know, click here.