Volvo Environment Prize

Because of our concern for the environment we instituted The Volvo Environment Prize 1988.The prize has become one of the world’s most prestigious environmental scientific prizes. It is awarded annually to people who have made outstanding scientific discoveries within the area of the environment and sustainable development.

Laureate 2019

Terry Chapin

The winner of Volvo Environment Prize 2019 is ecology professor Terry Chapin, who is the creator of the concept Earth Stewardship.

As an Ecology Professor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Terry Chapin has spent long periods in the tundra of Siberia and Alaska, studying processes that we now know can have dramatic effects on the global climate. He believes that it is important to relearn the ethics of respect for nature and the land. Over the past 10 years, Terry Chapin has developed the concept of what he calls Earth Stewardship for the relationship between people and nature. It is a set of guiding principles on ecology and ethics aimed at preserving biodiversity and the planetary life support system by acting responsibly, very often on local levels. He is optimistic that grass roots movements can trigger changes in life styles, reducing environmental footprints and supporting climate-friendly businesses and legislation.

"In the last 70 years we have reached earth-changing levels of human activity. This is one of the reasons I think that Earth Stewardship is so important. It´s a chance to reshape the future path that humanity will take," says Terry Chapin.

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About the prize
The Volvo Environment Prize

The Volvo Environment Prize

The Volvo Environment Prize is awarded for: "Outstanding innovations or scientific discoveries, which in broad terms fall within the environmental field."

Since its inception in 1990 the Volvo Environment Prize has become one of the scientific world’s most respected environmental awards.

The Prize is awarded by an independent foundation, instituted in 1988. A Scientific Committee does the initial screening and evaluation of candidates. The International Prize Jury, a group of internationally renowned scientists, makes the final selection of laureate or laureates.

Laureates represent all fields of environmental and sustainability studies and initiatives.

The Volvo Environment Prize is awarded annually. The Prize consists of a hand-crafted diploma, a glass sculpture and a cash award of SEK 1.5 million (approximately EUR 165,000 or USD 215,000). The award ceremony is in Stockholm in November.

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