2014 Laureates

Boyan Slat

Founder - The Ocean Cleanup

Inspiration and Action

In this age of social media and selfies, of the widespread portrayal of disengaged youths glued to smart phones in search of diversion rather than information, many have chosen to write off the next generation of activists. At the age of just 19, Boyan Slat is disproving such attitudes with a vengeance as he charts new territory in the quest for a solution to the ever-growing global problem of plastic debris in our oceans.

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Fatima Jama Jibrell

Founder of Adeso

Inspiration and Action

It is difficult enough to be an environmentalist in nations where peace prevails, struggling in the face of business interests and systems based upon outmoded ways of thinking. To do so in nations riven by conflict, where speaking out can lead to threats and, in extreme cases, death, requires a whole new level of courage. Fatima Jibrell is one such individual who has put aside personal risk to stand up for what she believes in.

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H. E. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Former President of the Republic of Indonesia

Policy Leadership

Despite progress in recent years, it still remains a tough ask for politicians to stand and operate successfully on a primarily green platform. The former President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, however, has been at the forefront of a transition to a new world order—in which politicians who champion good environmental stewardship as a means to economic prosperity will become the norm.

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H. E. Tommy Remengesau, Jr

President of the Republic of Palau

Policy Leadership

Small Island Developing States are on the frontline of the war against climate change, both in terms of suffering the greatest damage and calling most stridently for action. Palau, a low-lying archipelago in the Pacific Ocean home to just over 20,000 souls, is one such country. The small islands that make up Palau are breath-taking in their beauty—splodges of bright green and gold in azure waters teeming with life. Yet these natural wonders are threatened by coral bleaching, rising sea levels and drought—and according to H.E.

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Mario José Molina-Pasquel Henríquez

Nobel Prize Laureate and Renowned Ozone Scientist

Lifetime Leadership

It is hard to believe now, but when the first science pointing to the link between chlorofluorocarbon gases (CFCs) and the degradation of the Earth’s ozone layer was revealed in 1974, it was met with widespread scepticism.

That we now have behind us decades of action under the Montreal Protocol, which has reversed the growth of the hole in the ozone layer and saved millions of people around the world from developing skin cancer, is down to the dedication and single-minded vision of a small group of scientists.

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Sir Robert Watson

Environmentalist

Science and Innovation

There are some individuals so accomplished, so on the nail with their science and insight, and so omnipresent at award ceremonies that one could be forgiven for suspecting they have secretly been busy cloning themselves to carry out so much ground-breaking work. Sir Robert Watson, an eminent scientist who is highly regarded as one of the world’s leading atmospheric chemists, fits so snugly into this category that his creaking trophy cabinet is in need of reinforcement.

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Sylvia Earle

Ocean Explorer & Conservationist

Lifetime Leadership

The word “legend” is one that should be applied with judicious care, but few deserve the tag more than Dr. Sylvia Earle—a renowned pioneer of deep sea exploration and conservation so synonymous with the topics that she now has a Lego figurine modelled after her, complete with little yellow flippers.

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U.S. Green Building Council

Private Not-for-profit Organization

Entrepreneurial Vision

Despite repeated warnings and unassailable scientific evidence on the climate consequences of the brown economy, greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. Some prefer to assign blame to the failure of international treaties to curb emissions, yet there is so much that can be done by simple changes to the way we design and run our homes and places of work and leisure. This is why the work of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), a private not-for-profit organization that is transforming buildings across the globe, is so crucial.

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