National Geographic : 2011 Jun
Cultural Educator Aziz Abu Sarah forges cross-cultural understanding amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, using education, media outreach, and tourism to bridge political and religious divides. Environmentalist Juan Martinez empowers a worldwide youth movement to connect children with nature, attract young leaders to conservation, and help transform lives in disadvan- taged urban communities. Environmental Scientist Jennifer Burney tackles the interwoven problems of world hunger and climate change through innovative technologies that improve the way food is produced, distributed, and cooked. Entomologist Dino Martins highlights the crucial role insects play in pollinating crops and educates African farmers in how to protect insects and ecosystems essential to food supplies and family survival. Planetary Scientist and Astrobiologist Kevin Hand explores our planet's most extreme environments to help plan a NASA mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, extending the search for life beyond Earth. Wastewater Engineer Ashley Murray creates waste-based businesses whose profits improve sanitation and health in developing countries, proving waste has economic value as a re-usable resource. Ornithologist and Conservation Ecologist Ça ˘gan Hakki S¸ ekercio ˘glu studies the causes and consequences of worldwide bird extinctions, applying his research to grassroots, community-based conservation efforts in the developing world. Wildlife Conservationist Paula Kahumbu connects frontline conservationists with people who want to help, using the power of the Internet to raise awareness and donations for projects saving wildlife and wild places worldwide. Wildlife Ecologist and Filmmaker Adrian Seymour promotes conservation through scientific research and documentary filmmaking, exposing pressures that put both wildlife and local communities at risk. Science Entrepreneur Hayat Sindi makes life- saving tests accessible to remote, impoverished communities through innovative devices that can monitor health under extreme conditions. Conservationist Tuy Sereivathana develops dramatically successful solutions to save Cambodia's endangered elephants, while rebuilding agriculture, education, and community life in a nation emerging from decades of violence. Photo: Christiane Marie Abu Sarah Photo courtesy of Kevin Hand Photo: Cheryl Zook/NGS Photo: Zacharie SEROTAMOU B Photo: Hans Arne Nakrem Photo: Heather Hoxsey Photo: Conrad Anker Photo: Matthew Muspratt Photo: Georgie Hollidge Photo: Cheryl Zook/NGS Photo: Erik Forsyth/Rockjumper BirdingTours Photo courtesy of Hayat Sindi Photo: SebastienViaud Paleontologist Jørn Hurum unearths groundbreaking fossil finds on a remote Arctic island, revealing an entire marine ecosystem with never- before-seen species that connect new evolutionary dots. Ecologist Sasha Kramer brings low-cost public sanitation to Haiti's most marginalized people, trans- forming human waste into fertilizer to boost agriculture, curb disease, reduce environmental degradation, and rebuild dignity. Photo: Hadas Bioengineer Kakani Katija dives into revolutionary research on how the move- ments of even tiny ocean animals can make a major impact on global weather patterns and the overall health of our seas.