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What is the Champions of the Earth?

Champions of the Earth, the UN’s highest environmental honour, celebrates outstanding figures from the public and private sectors and from civil society whose actions have had a transformative positive impact on the environment.

Launched in 2005, Champions of the Earth has recognized dozens of exemplary individuals and organizations. Through their extraordinary achievements – whether through political leadership, grassroots action, scientific innovation, or entrepreneurial vision – each of these Champions has inspired critical action on behalf of the global environment.

Past laureates include Unilever CEO Paul Polman, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, ocean explorer and conservationist Sylvia Earle, and the National Geographic Society, among many others.

Champions of the Earth recognizes laureates in the following categories:

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