With Earth Day yesterday and the spotlight on environmental issues such as climate change, the winners for the 2007 Goldman Prize were conveniently announced today. The Goldman Prize annually awards environmental heroes from the six inhabited continents and is thought of as the “Nobel green prize”. This year, the winner from North America was Sophia Rabliauskas of Canada who successfully secured protection for the boreal forest in the province of Manitoba while a debate occurs about what will eventually happen to the area. Deforestation causes approximately 20% of the world’s annual CO2 emissions.
At the Goldman Prize website, there are descriptions of the other five winners’ accomplishments in improving the environment.
Fact of the Day: “If every one of Wal-Mart’s 100 million customers in the U.S. bought just one energy-saving compact fluorescent lamp, instead of a traditional incandescent bulb, the U.S. would cut CO2 emissions by 45 billion pounds and save more than $3 billion.” – “The Power of Green” by Thomas Friedman