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The state of the planet and its future affect all of us from the young to the old in all four corners of the globe. From ordinary citizens to famous personalities, everyday people can and are doing some extraordinary things.
Who #OnEarth are they and where #OnEarth can we find them?

Meet the #OnEarth Representatives who answered our call for a greener and more sustainable world.

  • Jutta Urpilainen

    European Commissioner for International Partnerships - Finland

    Before becoming the EU Commissioner for International Partnerships, Ms Jutta Urpilainen held several political roles in Finnish politics (Minister of Finance, Deputy Prime Minister, Member Parliament, and Chair of the National Commission on Sustainable Development) and at international level including at UNESCO, the World Bank and the IMF.

    Today, Commissioner Urpilainen is building equitable partnerships to reduce global poverty and support sustainable development #OnEarth and is passionate in getting the global youth involved in co-designing their future.

    Jutta Urpilainen
  • Vandana Shiva

    Scholar, environmentalist and food advocate, India

    As a climate activist, Vandana Shiva assisted grassroots organizations leading the Green movement in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

    She plays a major role in the global Ecofeminist movement. She has been advocating against the prevalent "patriarchal logic of exclusion," claiming that a woman-focused system would change the current system in an extremely positive manner.

    Shiva has written and spoken extensively about agriculture and food, intellectual property rights, biodiversity, biotechnology, bioethics, and genetic engineering.

    Vandana Shiva
  • Rocky Dawuni

    Singer and Climate Activist, Ghana

    Both as a musician and activist Rocky Dawuni is well-known for straddling the boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean, and the US.

    Through his music, Dawuni wants to achieve change #OnEarth. He has created sounds that unite generations and cultures working to foster global peace.

    Dawuni's stature as a cultural diplomat and successful melding of music and activism have led him to become a spokesperson for various global causes. He is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Africa for UN, a Global Ambassador for the UN Foundation's Clean Cooking Alliance, and now one of the #OnEarth Ambassadors.

    Rocky Dawuni
  • Sunita Narain

    Environmentalist and Political Activist, India

    Sunita Narain is an Indian environmentalist and political activist as well as a major proponent of the Green concept of sustainable development. Narain devoted her work to tackling air pollution, researching food safety and, above all, making water everybody’s business.

    Since the 1980s, she has been at the forefront of environmental research using knowledge to bring change #OnEarth.

    She was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize in 2016 and she was named one of the 100 Most Influential People #OnEarth by Time Magazine for her efforts in building an informed public opinion on the need for decentralised water management and rainwater harvesting.

    Sunita Narain
  • Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

    Indigenous peoples advocate and climate change activist, Chad

    Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is a member of the Mbororo people in Chad, who face a dire situation. Lake Chad, a water source for 40 million people, has lost 90 percent of its surface area in just 40 years, sparking conflicts along its shoreline.

    Ibrahim began the first major dialogue among the area's numerous cultures and communities. Together, they are creating a 3D map of the environmentally fragile region to inform conservation and resource management while promoting security.

    Ibrahim is one of the founders of the Association of Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad, a group fighting to defend the environment and the rights of indigenous people. She was chosen to represent civil society during the signing of the Paris Agreement in April 2016.

    Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim
  • Michael Evan Mann

    Climatologist and geophysicist, USA

    Michael Evan Mann contributed to the scientific understanding of historic climate change based on the temperature record of the past thousand years.

    Dr. Mann the is author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications, numerous op-eds and commentaries, and books spotlighting the biggest challenge of our time including Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy and The Tantrum that Saved the World.

     Michael Evan Mann
  • Constance Okollet

    Farmer & climate change advocate, Uganda

    Ugandan farmer, Chairperson of Osukuru United Women’s Network and founding member of Climate Wise Women, Constance Okollet has been witnessing for many years the negative effects of climate change in her community.

    She decided to let the world know and to inform and train farmers on how to deal with the impacts of climate change.

    Okollet is a global leader in all things linked to farming and climate change and speaks regularly at UN Climate Change conferences and other high-level forums about the devastating effects of climate change in Uganda and what must be done.

    Constance Okollet
  • Amitav Ghosh

    Writer and environmental activist - India

    Amitav Ghosh’s literary work inspired generations of people #OnEarth.

    In 2018, Ghosh received the Jnanpith Award, India’s highest literary honour. He was the first English-language writer to ever receive the award. The following year, Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the most important global thinkers of the preceding decade.

    His most-recent non-fiction book The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016) addresses why modern literature has failed to address issues of climate change, and how radical transformation due to nature has become 'unthinkable'.

    Amitav  Ghosh
  • Bianca Jagger

    Founder, President and Chief Executive of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, Nicaragua

    Bianca Jagger is the founder of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, which is dedicated to defending human rights, ending violence against women and girls, addressing the threat of climate change, supporting the rights of indigenous peoples, and defending the rights of future generations.

    Among her many advocacy roles, Bianca Jagger served as IUCN's Global Ambassador for the Bonn Challenge: a global effort to restore 150 million hectares of the world's degraded and deforested lands by 2020.

    Bianca Jagger knows how to bring change #OnEarth.

    Bianca Jagger

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