The Champions of the Earth is the United Nations' flagship environment award that recognizes outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science, entrepreneurship and civil society action.

The prize seeks to honor men and women whose actions and leadership have made a positive impact on the care of environment while pursuing sustainable, low-carbon, inclusive development. Whether by helping to improve the management of natural resources, promoting the shift to the Green Economy, demonstrating new ways to raise awareness of emerging environmental challenges, and bringing sustainable development to the underserved communities through grassroots socio-environmental initiatives, the Champions of the Earth serve as a inspirations for transformative actions across the world.

The 2014 Champions of the Earth Awards will recognize exemplary leaders in the following categories: Policy Leadership, Science and Innovation, Entrepreneurial Vision, and Inspiration and Action.
Winners will be announced and recognized at a high-profile and prestigious Award Ceremony at a date and venue to be announced soon.

The 2013 laureates, who were honored at a high-level ceremony in New York, are as follows:
Policy Leadership:

Entrepreneurial Vision: 

Inspiration and Action: 

  • Carlo Petrini, Founder of the Slow Food Movement, is recognized for his visionary work to improve the efficiency and sustainability of the world's agriculture and food supply. Slow Food has over 100,000 members and supporters in over 150 countries, defending local food traditions, protecting local biodiversity, and promoting small-scale quality products.
  • Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo, Grupo Ecol?gico Sierra Gorda, Mexico, is responsible for achieving Biosphere Reserve status for Sierra Gorda under an innovative public-private system, which demonstrates how a broad range of advocacy, public education and income generation approaches can support healthy ecosystems and alleviate poverty.

Science and Innovation: