In celebration of Earth Day, we recognise five key figures from the MN2S roster fighting to protect our environment and keep climate change in check.
Dr. David Suzuki
Dr. David Suzuki is a world-renowned environmentalist, scientist, and broadcaster who was once named one of the top five Greatest Canadians of All-Time by his fellow countrymen. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest honour, has been honoured by the United Nations several times, and has received honorary degrees from universities all over the world. Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, he has educated students and audiences around the world about the dangers of climate change.
Lester Brown, an American environmental analyst, founded both the Worldwatch Institute and the Earth Policy Institute. Brown is one of the most well-known authors in his industry, having written over 50 volumes. Who Will Feed China? is one of Brown’s best-selling books, which has been translated into over 40 languages. Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, his most recent book, was hailed by the World Economic Forum as “a terrific book that should wake up humanity!” Brown has won numerous honorary degrees and awards for his efforts, including the United Nations Environment Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture Borgström Prize, and the United Nations Environment Prize.
Daniel Botkin, Ph.D., an American scientist, is a world-known ecologist, a leading environmentalist, and a recognised author. Botkin’s award-winning environmental science textbooks are used in classrooms across the country. He is a professor at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Chairman of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Botkin was designated one of the Top Environmental Scientists of 2019 by Marquis Who’s Who and a Marquis Who’s Who Top Professional Representing the Sciences and Environmental Conservation by Marquis Who’s Who. Botkin is also a member of prestigious organisations such as the United States Commission on UNESCO and the New York Explorers Club.
Dr. Gabrielle Walker
Dr. Gabrielle Walker, an expert on climate change and sustainability, is in high demand for her essential work assisting businesses in addressing global concerns and difficulties and turning good intentions into tangible achievements. Walker has reported from every continent of the world on how our world is evolving as a New Scientist consultant and frequent correspondent for the BBC, and has also written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Economist. In 2009, she hosted BBC Radio 4’s Planet Earth Under Threat, and in 2011, she hosted the series Thin Air. Walker is the author of four books, including the best-selling The Hot Topic – How to Avoid Global Warming While Keeping the Lights On.
Tom Hunt, the proprietor of Poco in Bristol and the author of the sustainable cookbook Eating for Pleasure, People, and Planet, is a chef, food writer, campaigner, and restaurant entrepreneur. He’s an expert in biodiversity, climate change, and closed-loop cooking, and he’s published a Root to Fruit manifesto. The idea promotes sustainability and a zero-waste, low-impact approach to eating, with a focus on flavour and nutrition. He has now become a prominent figure in the UK’s sustainable food movement, writing for publications such as the Guardian and Vegetarian Living Magazine. He also collaborates with food organisations such as Slow Food, The Soil Association, and Fairtrade, and his second book, Eating for Pleasure, People, and Planet, was just launched.