Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been awarded the UN’s highest environmental honor for his leadership of the International Solar Alliance and pledges to eliminate single-use plastic by 2022.
Other than PM Narendra Modi, six of the world’s most outstanding environmental activists and influencers have been recognized with the Champions of the Earth Award.
“This years’ laureates are recognized for a combination of bold, innovative and tireless efforts to tackle some of the most urgent environmental issues of our times,” the UN Environment Programme said.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 26, 2018
Along with PM Narendra Modi, French President Emmanuel Macron has been jointly recognised in the Policy Leadership category for their pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance and promoting new areas of levels of cooperation on environmental action including Macron’s work on the Global Pact for the Environment and Modi’s unprecedented pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic in India by 2022.
Cochin International Airport honored with the award for Entrepreneurial Vision
In the Champions of the Earth Award, Cochin International Airport was also awarded for its leadership in the use of sustainable energy in the category of entrepreneurial vision.
According to the statement released by UN, it reads, “Cochin is showing the world that our ever-expanding network of global movement doesn’t have to harm the environment.”
The other winners of the 2018 Champions of the Earth Awards are Joan Carling, recognised with the lifetime achievement award for her work as one of the world’s most prominent defenders of environmental and indigenous rights. Carling has been at the forefront of the conflict for land and the environment for more than 20 years.
Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are jointly recognised in the Science and Innovation category, for their revolutionary development of a popular, plant-based alternative to beef, and for their efforts to educate consumers about environmentally conscious alternatives.