UN Champions of the Earth Celebrated

The United Nations recognized innovators and policymakers with the organization’s “highest environmental accolade,” the Champions of the Earth Award, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery. Winners included President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. of Palau, President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, environmental scientist Robert Watson, founder of the Ocean Clean-up Initiative Boyan Slat, founder of Adeso Fatima Jibrell, conservationist Sylvia Earle, Nobel laureate and ozone scientist Mario Molina and the U.S. Green Building Council. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Goodwill Ambassador Gisele Bündchen were on sight to congratulate award winners and bring awareness to environmental issues.

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