Prince Albert II of Monaco has joined a growing international community of supporters for David Suzuki's work to raise awareness about climate change and its solutions.
At the fourth Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Award ceremony on October 7, the prince presented Dr. Suzuki with the 2011 Climate Change Award. This prestigious award demonstrates international support for continued advocacy and strong action on climate change in Canada and around the world, and recognizes Dr. Suzuki's major contributions to these efforts over the last two decades.
Since 2008, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Awards have been given to people who have worked to find solutions around some of the major issues of our time, including climate change, species and habitat protection, and water conservation and cleanliness.
"I wanted to create these awards to lend my support to the exceptional women and men who have made a personal commitment to save our planet," Prince Albert said.
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This year's Biodiversity Award went to Gretchen Daily, a U.S. biological scientist from Stanford University. Professor Daily chairs the Natural Capital project, which aims to align economic forces with conservation. The Water Award was given to Andras Szollosi-Nagy of Hungary. Szollosi-Nagy is Rector of the UNESCO-IHE Institute for water education and has served as Governor of the World Water Council for the past 17 years.
The Foundation also paid tribute to the work of young researchers from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Past winners include Jane Goodall and E.O. Wilson for biodiversity and James Lovelock for climate change.