2009 Laureates

Inspiration & Action

Mr. Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Photographer and Founding President, GoodPlanet.org

Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a passionate artist and photographer, and an advocate of nature protection and sustainable development. His “Earth Seen from Above” series, an exhibit of large-scale aerial photography, explores the link between man and nature and encourages viewers to think of the evolution of our planet and the fate of its inhabitants. The exhibit premiered in Paris in 2000 to unprecedented success and went on to travel to cities around the world; by 2008 it had reached over 130 million people on every continent. For his exhibition, “6 Billion Others,” he captured testimonials of the lives of some 6,000 people in more than 65 countries in the form of film vignettes.

Through his environmental NGO, GoodPlanet.org, established in 2005, Mr. Arthus-Bertrand collaborated with the French Ministries of Education and Environment in the production of 22 educational posters on sustainable development featuring his aerial photos. The posters were distributed for free to all schools in France while the project continued for two years focusing on the themes of biodiversity (2007) and energy (2008). Presently, he is working on a full-length feature film called HOME that aims to present the state of the planet and the challenges we face. The global premiere will be on World Environment Day, 5 June.

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Pati Ruiz Corzo, Mexico
Champion of the Earth 2013 - Inspiration And Action

The problem was how to link the natural capital to the financial capital. How to recognize the services of this forest, of this jungle, of this biosphere reserve. To evaluate the bio capacity of the state - it has been our main concern.


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