TRUE PEOPLE VS PROFESSIONAL PEACEMAKERS (THE USUAL SUSPECTS)
…when half the world lives on less than 2 dollars a day and 94% of global income accounts for 40% of the world’s population,
while 6% of global income accounts for 60% of people, then there’s no way for peace…
(appeared in random order)
HERO No1 Leena Kaartinen
Finnish pediatrician and writer Leena Kaartinen, has dedicated her life to helping patients in dangerous areas and warzones.
She has been working in Afghanistan over the past 10 years training afghan nurses.
HERO No2 Jakob Von Uexkull
He is the founder and chair of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation (aka alternate Nobel prizes), which he started in 1980 when he sold his holdings of rare postage stamps to provide an initial endowment of about one million U.S. dollars. The Right Livelihood Award was conceived as an alternative to the Nobel Prize, and is intended to “recognize the efforts of those who are tackling [the great challenges facing humanity] directly, coming up with practical answers to such challenges as the pollution of our air, soil, and water, the danger of nuclear war, the abuse of basic human rights, the destitution and misery of the poor, and the over-consumption and spiritual poverty of the wealthy.
HERO No3 Geneviève Jurgensen
Since co-founding France’s League Against Road Violence in 1983, Jurgensen’s efforts to change French driving habits and laws have helped cut accident fatalities by well over half. Jurgensen’s campaign grew out of personal tragedy. In April 1980, Jurgensen, a journalist, was in her Paris apartment when she got word that her two infant daughters, Elise and Mathilde, had been killed in an automobile accident while on a trip with their aunt. Jurgensen and other campaigners launched educational and public-awareness programs, but could only advance so far without legislative action by politicians, many of whom were unwilling to anger French drivers. But she and her colleagues persevered, and in the early 1990s a succession of laws to combat reckless and drunk driving were passed.
HEROES No4 & 5 Serge & Nicole Rotheli
On February 13, 2000 Serge Rotheli and his wife Nicole, began a journey of epic proportion, which should take them across five continents over a five-year period. He is running at a pace of 7000 km or 4,375 miles per year while she rides a motorcycle by his side.
Through this ambitious voyage, the Roethelis hope to increase public awareness of the plight of children around the world. The couple’s impetus is to promote children’s rights worldwide and to help finding effective ways to defend their rights and building support for their cause.
HERO No6 Safia Minney
Safia Minney is founder and director of Fair Trade and environmental fashion and lifestyle label
People Tree. She has turned a life-long interest in environmental, trade and social justice issues
from a lifestyle into a Fair Trade business.
In 1997 Safia added a Fair Trade Fashion Collection, using eco-textiles, including organic cotton,
to the products sold by Fair Trade Company, and the first People Tree collection was launched.
People Tree was working closely with textile artisan groups to help them meet environmental
standards and develop their market potential, with two full-time designers at People Tree. Today,
People Tree has five full-time designers on the team, which consists of 40 staff members in
Tokyo and eleven in London.
HERO No7 Muhammad Yunus
Professor Muhammad Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983, fueled by the belief that credit is a fundamental human right. His objective was to help poor people escape from poverty by providing loans on terms suitable to them and by teaching them a few sound financial principles so they could help themselves.
HERO No8 Vandana Shiva
Dr. Vandana Shiva is a physicist, ecologist, activist, editor, and author of many books. In India she has established Navdanya, a movement for biodiversity conservation and farmers’ rights. She directs the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy. Her most recent books are Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge and Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply.
HERO No9 Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai is the founder of the Green Belt Movement, an environmentalist, a civil society and women’s rights activist, and a parliamentarian.