Hayhoe received the award “for her stalwart commitment to quantifying the effects of climate change” and her “tireless efforts to transform public attitudes” according to a release.
“Professor Katharine Hayhoe has made it her life’s work to study the effects of climate change and communicate these as widely as possible in order to inspire action from both policy makers and citizens,” said Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program Inger Andersen in the release.
The United Nations Environment Program established the Champions of the Earth award in 2005 to “recognize outstanding figures whose actions have had transformative positive impact on the environment.”
“I am truly honoured and humbled to receive this recognition from the United Nations,” Hayhoe said in the release.
“The award offers real encouragement to those of us working every day to spread the message that climate change is real and that we need to act now to deal with it,” she said.