Around 600 guests from government, business, civil society and the arts gathered at a gala in Basel, Switzerland on Friday, March 1, to celebrate stewards of sustainability. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Nature and Culture – the Future We Want!” and the highlight of the evening was the announcement of the 2013 Prix NATURE Swisscanto Prize winners.
This Swiss Sustainability Award recognizes outstanding achievements advancing sustainable development in Switzerland and is presented in three categories: Grand Prize, Generation Future, and Beacons of Hope.
The Grand Prize was awarded to Mathis Wackernagel, President of Global Footprint Network, in recognition of co-developing Ecological Footprint accounting and helping to bring the tool to governments and institutions across the world.
The Ecological Footprint is the world’s premier measure of humanity’s demand on nature. The Grand Prize honors life achievements of individuals or distinguished, lasting efforts of organizations, enterprises or scientific institutions that make a contribution to sustainable development.
The other two nominees for the Grand Prize were director Markus Imhoof, whose latest film, “More Than Honey,” highlighted the great economic importance of biodiversity, and Hans Rudolf Herren, who was nominated for his pioneering work in sustainable agriculture and biological pest control.
The award in the Generation Future category was given to the organization weACT, which hosts on-line organizations where teams can compete to lower their ecological footprint. Singer and writer Endo Anaconda, of the band Stiller Has, won in the Beacons of Hope category, for raising public awareness about sustainability issues.
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