The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 2021 Champions of the Earth.
A Caribbean-based prime minister, a scientist, a group of indigenous women, and an entrepreneur were announced on Tuesday as this year’s winners of the United Nations’ Champions of the Earth awards.
According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the all-female Champions were chosen for their impact and leadership in advancing bold action on behalf of people and the planet.
“These Champions of the Earth inspire, defend, mobilise and act to tackle the greatest environmental challenges of our time, including ecosystem protection and restoration”, the agency said in a statement.
Environmental standard bearers
The Champions of the Earth award is UN’s highest environmental honour.
This year’s award recognises laureates in four categories: Inspiration and Action, Policy Leadership, Entrepreneurial Vision, and Science and Innovation.
For the 2021 prizes, UNEP received a record number of nominations from all over the world.
The agency’s Executive Director, Inger Andersen, said the winners’ profiles “demonstrate that all of us can contribute.”
“Every single act for nature counts. The entire spectrum of humanity has both a global responsibility and a profound opportunity”, she said.
“This year’s Champions are women who not only inspire us, but also remind us that we have in our hands the solutions, the knowledge and the technology, to limit climate change and avoid ecological collapse.”