Kenya, Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP

Achim Steiner is well known for speaking on climate change and the green economy.

Thanks to his leadership among others, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is a leading proponent of the Green Economy Initiative (GEI) designed to assist governments in “greening” their economies by reshaping and refocusing policies and investments towards a range of sectors. These include clean technologies, renewable energies, water services, green transportation, waste management, green buildings and sustainable agriculture and forest management.

Photos by Jonathan Kalan. © Jonathan Kalan and Climate Heroes.

Thailand, David Against Goliath – Jintana Kaewkao

Becoming a full-time environmental activist was never part of the plan. For Jintana Kaewkao, a 50 year old mother of three from Thailand’s Prajuab kirikhan province, there was no need to be in her quiet coastal village.

But in early 2000 all that changed. One of Thailand’s largest electricty company, Union Power Development Ltd Company, craftily started buying up pieces of coastal land from the villagers claiming it planned to built a resort which would offer employment opportunity away from the usual farming or fishing. Yet, as soon as all the land was under its ownership the plan suddenly changed. The company anounced that it was actually going to build a coal power plant, using the sea as a transport route for the coal and began cutting down over 10,000 coconut trees that lined the coastline.

Jintana then took charge and led the village on a ‘no-going back’ mission to stop the construction of the power plant once and for all.

Photos and Video by Luke Duggleby. © Luke Duggleby and Climate Heroes.

Samsø, a Wind of Change

Soren, Brian and Erik are the intitiators of the Sustainable Island project in Samso, Denmark. They invested their time and money in making Samso a community fully based on renewable energies.
Maxime Riché is back from a 10 day stay with them on the Island on Samso, to document their new lifestyle and beliefs.

Photos and Video by Maxime Riché. © Maxime Riché and Climate Heroes.

Sumatra, Giving Up Illegal Logging

Subari, Amir, Sryiadi and Mr Paryoto are former workers involved in the illegal deforestation of Sumatra. They chose to stop this activity. Today they are land owner, manager of a coffee and fruit farm, manual worker or Secretary of Village and coffee producer.
Maxime Riché is back from a month in Sumatra, Indonesia, where he documented their new lifestyle and beliefs.

Photos and Video by Maxime Riché. © Maxime Riché and Climate Heroes.