While you're on the UNEP site, be sure to click around and check out the wealth on there, in particular the WED Heroes, individuals UNEP is celebrating for their personal determination in taking on high-profile expeditions. It's no surprise to me that David de Rothschild and the Plastiki Expedition made the list with their trek across the Pacific Ocean (and subsequently the Great Pacific Garbage Patch) in their boat made of 12,500 plastic bottles! Other WED Heroes include:
- Charles and Sho Scott, a father-son duo who rode 4,700 km across Japan on connected bikes in order to bring attention to climate change and the importance of taking action.
- Project Kaisei, who is studying how to capture the plastic waste from the ocean to create a way to turn it back into usable, diesel fuel ;
- Luo Hong, an environmental photographer who who has raised money through many photography exhibitions for environmental causes, including UNEP's Painting Competition by Children in China.
- Roz Savage who rowed across the Pacific Ocean solo in 2009, then walked 600 miles from London to Copenhagen for the December 2009 UN Climate Conference. She has a foundation called Pull Together to inspire to walk more/drive less.
“Although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global threats and trends, when billions of people join forces in common purpose, we can make a tremendous difference.” ~UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-MoonPicture from http://www.unep.org/wed/2010/english/images/logos/web/WED2010_Logo_Web_English1.jpg
UN Secretary's quote from http://www.unep.org/wed/2010/english/aroundtheworld.asp