In a two-part programme Earth Report features individuals who have been awarded one of the most prestigious environmental prizes, the Sasakawa Prize, in recognition of their outstanding contributions toward safeguarding the environment. Without their work and commitment, an ailing planet would be in a far worse condition. Part one features Ashok Khosla, who returned to India aged 31, giving up a highly paid job as an international civil servant. Today much of his time is spent travelling between his home in New Delhi to Jhansi in the north of the country, now the headquarters of Development Alternatives, a non-profit organization he established in 1983, which creates practical business systems that poor communities can use to make viable livelihoods. Also profiled in part one is Professor Mario Molina, who won the Sasakawa Award in 1999. He is a world renowned expert on atmospheric chemistry, who has also won the Nobel Prize for his work in atmospheric chemistry, particularly concerning the formation and decomposition of atmospheric ozone. Professor Molina’s life is dedicated to injecting hard science into international environmental agreements such as the Montreal Protocol to save the ozone layer.
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