On October 12th, 2016 the Head of UN Environment Erik Solheim, visited the Agashya gorilla group at Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Once down to just 250 individuals in 1981, mountain gorillas have bounced back to an estimated 880 gorillas in the wild. They live in three countries, Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hailed as the world's greatest example of Green Economy, every living mountain gorilla is worth an estimated $1M a year in tourism revenue. For more information on UN Environment's work to protect the planet's great apes, go to www.un-grasp.org
The Champions of the Earth Award recognizes outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science, entrepreneurship, and civil society action. The Award, which is organised by the United Nations Environment Programme, seeks to distinguish men and women whose actions and leadership have made a positive impact on the environment.
Strengthening the ability of individuals communities and nations to adapt to climate change, move towards low-carbon societies, improve understanding of climate science, and raising public awareness about the earth's changing climate.
In September 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shared his vision for making sustainable energy for all a reality by 2030. He launched Sustainable Energy for All as a global initiative that would mobilize action from all sectors of society in support of three interlinked objectives: ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. WE HAVE THE POWER efficient, renewable, affordable - UNEP - Magnum Photos Exhibition shows how we can make a difference, enlightening lives, enriching economies and promoting environmental well-being.