Coinciding with the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, the World Pilot Hero Award was presented in recognition of the remarkable efforts of governments, organizations and individuals in advocating low-cost, convenient and highly beneficial solutions to reduce global warming.
In a ceremony co-hosted by the Environmental Protection Authority of Ethiopia, the government of Guinea Bissau, and the Philippine Climate Change Commission, award presenters included European Parliament Member Sir Graham Watson and Philippine Climate Change Commissioner, Heherson Alvarez. Among the recipients were Mayor Patricia de Lille of Cape Town, South Africa for implementing a weekly citywide meat-free day, Vegan Day Platform Formosa for their volunteer movement in Formosa (Taiwan), and founder of the South African Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Mr. Brian Jones for his efforts in animal and nature conservation.
Sir Graham Watson – UK Member of European Parliament (M): We’re all trying to save the planet, but some people are coming up with particularly good ideas, or are devoting themselves entirely to that work. I think it is right that their efforts should be recognized and celebrated.
VOICE: Also honored with a sustainable development award was Supreme Master Ching Hai for her role as a “world leader in climate change actions,” in particular through inspiring Supreme Master Television as a global constructive media channel that provides information especially on the vegan solution to halting the effects
of global warming.
Cecile Guidote-Alvarez - President, International Theatre Institute, Director, UNESCO Dreams Center (F): I particularly know Master Ching Hai and I'm aware of her humanitarian activities and her concern to protect the environment, and to use media as a very important communications tool.
VOICE: Many attending the event also spoke about the award’s support of the organic vegan diet solution to climate change.
Dr. Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher Yohannes – Environmental Protection Ethiopia (M): In the context of climate change, vegan food would definitely mean both that the world would sustain many more of us, and two, those many more of us would still have less of an impact than the present smaller number meat-eating population.
Heherson Alvarez – Philippine Climate Change Commissioner (M): The answer seems to be simple, if we can awaken to the fact that we can change our diet and make our lives safe.
VOICE: Congratulations, laureates of the World Pilot Hero Award for your deserved distinctions. Our respectful gratitude also to Supreme Master Ching Hai, whose Earth-saving endeavors bring hope and inspiration to humanity. Let us unite to put into practice the comprehensively sustainable organic vegan ideal, for all lives to flourish.