National Geographic Honored as a 'Champion of the Earth'
The United Nations' top environmental prize recognizes the society's role in sustainability research and education.
NEW YORKThe United Nations honored the National Geographic Society on Sunday with its highest environmental award.
The recipients of the U.N. Environment Program’s 2015 “Champions of the Earth” award were chosen for their work in a wide range of environmental pursuits—from creating sustainable business practices to informing the public about challenges facing the natural world, and from foiling rhinoceros poaching to protecting human populations from climate change.
Also honored were the prime minister of Bangladesh, a Brazilian cosmetics company, a corporate CEO, and a South African anti-poaching group.
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner told the 300 guests attending the awards dinner in Manhattan that the recipients were doing vital work to help solve complex problems that threaten the environment.
Gary Knell, president and