Arlington, VA – The team behind a pioneering environmental TV show is to be presented with this year’s Global Conservation Hero Award, Conservation International announced today.
The creators of CNN’s Planet in Peril series are to receive the award – which is given to people and organizations who have demonstrated commitment and action toward a healthy, secure planet for all people.
Planet in Peril has become a byword for excellence in international environmental reporting and the reporting team, fronted by Anderson Cooper, Sanjay Gupta and Lisa Ling, has broken new ground and has helped to take essential messages to the US public. Also being honored are senior executive producer David Doss, executive producer Charlie Moore, producer MaryAnne Fox, photojournalists Neil Hallsworth and Phil Littleton, and editors Carl Graf and Al DiSanti.
The inaugural recipient of the award in 2005 was World Bank President Jim Wolfensohn for his work linking conservation to the economic development agenda. In 2007, Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott accepted the award on behalf of all Wal-Mart employees for their dedication to the company’s groundbreaking green initiatives.
CI President Russ Mittermeier said: “The decision to honor CNN’s Planet in Peril team with the Global Conservation Hero Award reflects the huge importance of communicating the state of the natural world to a broad public and recognizes the strength, integrity, and willingness to travel to conflict zones and other dangerous places to capture vital stories demonstrated by these journalists and filmmakers.”
“It has become clear that the key to successful conservation is making the connection that human well-being is intertwined with the health of the planet. CNN’s Planet in Peril is a true pioneer in the coverage of issues ranging from conflicts brewing over the scarcity of natural resources to viruses spread by the bushmeat trade, and has had an enormous impact on getting such a crucial message to a very important audience.”
The award will be presented at Conservation International’s annual gala in New York. The event will take place May 21, 2009 in the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Ocean Life.