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Charles and Sho Scott are endurance sports enthusiasts who use their passion towards environmental sustainability. In 2009, Mr. Scott and his 8-year old son Sho were named “Climate Heroes” by the United Nations Environment Programme. They rode connected bicycles the length of mainland Japan, covering 2,500 miles in 67 days to raise money for UNEP’s Billion Tree planting campaign.

Their more recent challenge was a 1,500-mile trek through Iceland on connected bicycles with Sho’s 4-year old sister joining them in a bike trailer. Mr. Scott is currently writing a book about the Japan ride called “Rising Sons.”



Michael Sam Muli, 18, Ruth Cherono Sego, 23, have been selected as Young Environmental Envoys for Kenya by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Bayer, a global innovator enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials.

Mr. Muli, a student in Environmental and Bio-systems Engineering at the University of Nairobi, put forward a green energy project that aims to replace firewood and charcoal used as cooking fuel in households with briquettes made from dried foliage and waste paper. The project seeks to reduce carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels and to create jobs and income for local residents through the production and sale of the cleaner fuel briquettes.

Ms. Sego, an Environmental Health student at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, put forward a proposal focusing on the sustainable production of castor oil as a biofuel. The project explored how the castor oil plant, which is indigenous to East Africa, could be sustainably cultivated to help meet the fuel needs of communities in Kenya, but in a way that did not adversely affect food production.



The Global Commons has a strong advocate with Sylvia Earle. As an oceanographer whose passion for the environment has great depth, Sylvia Earle is also an explorer, lecturer and research scientist. She has led more than 60 expeditions and logged more than 6,000 hours underwater, including leading the first team of women aquanauts. She has also set a record for solo diving to a depth of 1,000 meters (3,300 feet).

She has worked hard to raise public awareness of the damage being done to our aquasphere by pollution and environmental degradation and has received more than 100 national and international honors, including is the 2009 TED Prize for her proposal to establish a global network of marine protected areas. She calls these marine preserves “hope spots to save and restore the blue heart of the planet”.


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Ambassador Kwon Byong Hyon of the Republic of Korea is the first Sustainable Land Management (SLM) Champion for the Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

A lawyer by profession, with a distinguished diplomatic career, Ambassador Kwon set up the Future Forest organization to raise awareness about desertification. In 2005, he begun a wall made of natural forests to ‘tame the yellow dragon’, or deserts, known as the “Korea-China Friendship Great Green Wall”. His target — planting one billion trees in China’s Kubuchi Desert — demonstrates that degraded land can be reclaimed, and to provides a research site on reclaiming degraded land. The Great Green Wall already has a 70 per cent success rate in tree planting.



As the world gears up for the Rio+20 Conference next year, Christopher Stone has plenty of experience to share, having helped shape resolutions on International Law of the Environment for the Rio Earth Summit Conference in 1992. An authority and teacher of environmental and global issues, Professor Stone has contributed to several spheres including international environmental law, environmental ethics, and trade and the environment.

He has researched a variety of areas affecting sustainability, including alternate energy policy, climate change, biodiversity, and ocean policy. He is also an advisor to the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development in London, and the Center for International Environmental Law.



Mark Dodd is a UK film director who has won the 2011 International Wildlife Film Festival award as the best independent film for his documentary “The Man Who Stopped the Desert”, a film about Yacouba Sawadogo, a small-holder farmer in Burkina Faso who revived a traditional agricultural technique to restore barren land. The beautifully shot film, showing that one man’s conviction can benefit many thousands living in the Sahel region of Africa, will leave you moved and inspired.

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