Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Green Star Awards for Environmental Emergency Heroes

In 2013 the collaborative initiative between the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Green Cross International (GCI), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) conferred the Green Star Awards for those who have confronted environmental emergencies to the following 6 people:

Preparedness

Kenya Red Cross Society; Prof Nikola Nikolov of Macedonia
Sundar Prasad Sharma of Nepal, and Prof Sergiy Zibtsev of Ukraine (joint Award)

Response:

Mayor of Japan’s Katsurao Village, Masahide Matsumoto
New York City Hurricane Sandy Debris Removal Task Force

Mainstreaming:

World Wildlife Fund and American Red Cross
Sir David Attenborough

The Awards recognize individuals and entities that have made remarkable efforts to prepare for, respond to, and mainstream actions to prevent environmental emergencies. These awards acknowledge people who are on the front lines of preventing, preparing for and responding to environmental emergencies, tackling life threatening pollution and other hazards, and helping people reconstruct their lives after a devastating forest fire or tsunami. We owe a particular debt of gratitude to people who work behind the scenes to prevent emergencies, and to help people prepare for their impact.

© 2013, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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