One of the key success factors in the work of the Earth Champions is their highly participative approach, which creates ownership.
Since its inception in 2000, the Earth Champions Foundation has taken its campaign to create a positive climate of hope from Australia to Switzerland, spreading the message also to different parts of the world. Hong Kong is proud to be associated with this meaningful movement. The innovation and enthusiasm that have driven the Champions in their pursuit of their environmental cause are reflective of the can-do spirit of the people of Hong Kong. Small changes in individuals’ living habit, very often at little or no cost to them, could make big difference to the global environment. Thank you for coming to Hong Kong and assisting us in mobilising the community.
Mr Edward Yau, Secretary of State for the Environment in Hong Kong
“Anyone can be an Earth Champion – rich or poor, old or young” said Fiona Mathews the Foundation’s Founder. “We’ve had wonderful Champions as old as 93 and the youngest were 5 year old twins.”
Fiona Mathews CEO & Founder of Earth Champions Foundation
“It is about time!” said Christine Loh, in response to the advice that Earth Champions is developing an “ecological Olympics”.
Christine Loh Under Secretary for the Environment Hong Kong
My experiences were quite literally, life changing.. What an incredible honour to meet Nelson Mandela. Wow! Thank you to the Foundation and the team.
Gina Litton Winner of the Earth Champions Youth Quest, Australia, 2000
The Earth Champions Quest has been a rare opportunity to celebrate individual, group, corporate and government works and projects that have been hither-to largely unnoticed.
Tom Wilson, Mayor of Byron Shire Council, Australia
The Quest was launched with Achim Steiner, at the World Headquarters of the the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Canton Vaud, Switzerland. Achim gave the “Call to Action” to the community.
Achim Steiner, Previous Director General of IUCN
Dr Zurcher said “That it is recognised at international conferences that it is important to foster local involvement of communities so they know how to act on issues of internationally recognised concern.”
Mr Daniel Zurcher (Director, Environment Technology Services, Swiss Agency for the Environment)
Dr Jenny gave his full support to the programme pointing to the positive impact it brings about for the economic development of Canton de Vaud. Alternative technologies offer hope to our youth with future jobs and people the world over.
Dr Alain Jenny, Director General of the Granit Group, Lausanne:
The Earth Champions Quest can help courageous Swiss innovators connect with an ever-growing pool of mind and money dedicated to environmental improvement.
Mr Jean-Marc Buchillier – Mayor, ADNV, Yuerdon Les Bains.
In ten months this Foundation has discovered more environmental solutions in this region than we have in 30 years. I recommend that we work with them.
Madame Sorgho-Mouliniere Director United Nations Development Programme Europe
Dr Anthony Taubman concluded that “This programme brings in the search for environmental solutions from the high level international conferences to the grass root level. This really does bring about change.”
Dr Anthony Taubman, A Director of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO):
I was surprised and inspired to see how many individuals and organizations are working for a sustainable future on our own doorstep in the Canton Vaud. The Earth Champions Award is a wonderful initiative that spotlights a grass-roots movement that can mobilize the local community to action for sustainability,
Sally Jeanrenaud, Deputy Director of International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN. Switzerland.