On Monday, September 16, the United Nations named Canada’s Katharine Hayhoe the 2019 Earth Champion of the Year. The nominee, who is a professor and climatologist, heads the Center for Climate Science at Texas Tech University.

A Canadian professor was named the UN’s “Earth Champion” yesterday. The organization awarded climatologist Katharine Hayhoe a high environmental award for her actions in the sector. The UN said in a statement that the professor is praised for her commitment to quantifying the effects of climate change and her tireless efforts to change public attitudes.

According to the organization, the recipient, who conducts cutting-edge research in climate science to try to understand climate change, is also a unique communicator on the issue. “As we redouble our efforts to mitigate the worst effects of climate change, we need passionate and informed change creators to guide us to a more sustainable future,” said Inger Andersen, Executive Director United Nations Environment Programme. “With her expertise and inexhaustible energy, Professor Hayhoe is already leading the way,” added the Director

After her appointment, Professor Hayhoe, a native of Toronto, posted a message of thanks on her Twitter account to those involved in preventing climate change. “Wow! I am incredibly honoured to receive this award. For all of you – who work every day to tell people that climate change is real and that action must be taken now, and that there is hope – you are also part of it. We are in this together, and together we will triumph,” she wrote.


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