"EVERY CHILD SHOULD BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONE'S LIFE...HOPEFULLY ADULTS WOULD FOLLOW THEIR LEAD."
|Aaron Chang inspires others through his photos of the beauty and majesty of the ocean.||Adarsha Shivakumar and Apoorva Rangan |
Project Jatropha started the nonprofit Project Jatropha which is an alternative to fossil fuel.
|Aitan Grossman wrote an environmental song called 100 Generations that has been sung and recorded by students around the world.||Alan Rabinowitz started the first ever jaguar preserve.||Alberto Yanosky works to save forests by assisting Paraguay's government.||Alexandra Cousteau was honored as an Earth Trustee by the UN in 2007 for her work to protect the oceans.|
|An engineering mom leads effort to save an old-growth Russian forest||Ansel Adams was an 'artist-activist' whose photographs of nature inspired conservation.||Antonio Roman-Alcala and Alemany Farm is a gardening activist seeking a sustainable food system.||Australian Aborigines |
Protecting Wetlands by working to conserve the environment around them.
|Barbara Stuart Rabinowitsch was a member of the Laguna Beach Greenbelt and of Ballet Pacifica.||Barefoot College and Microformers shine as innovative power solutions|
|Barry Commoner works to protect the environment and raise awareness about the danger of radio activity.||Ben Redclay was an earthkeeper whose legacy lives on through his daughter.||Benjamin Kahn involves school children in regrowing coral to help save damaged reefs in the Red Sea.||Beth Rickard|
Environmentalist is an advocate of solar as the energy of the future.
|Bill Roley taught children in a Mexican orphanage how to work the land.||CAMPUS CENTER FOR APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY at Humboldt State University.|
|Caroline Cannon is an Inupiat indigenous leader who is a champion for biodiversity in the Arctic Sea.||Chico Mendes was a father who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defending rainforests.||Chief Oren Lyons is an internationally venerated advocate for preserving biodiversity.||Coalition helps the Connecticut River become the first National Blueway||Curacao looks at using ocean water for power||David Nathan Chain was killed during a nonviolent protest to save the redwoods.|
|Deland Chan started an environmental group at the YMCA in New York City.||Dennis Weaver is an actor and advocate for ecologically sustainable living.||Dian Fossey worked to protect the endangered Mountain Gorilla.||Donald Knaack is a musician whose unique productions inspire people of all ages to explore, create and give back to others.||Dr. E.O. Wilson studies the impact that human activity has on the planet.||Dr. Elvia Niebla|
Soil Scientist is dedicated to soil conservation.
|Dr. John Todd: A Sewer Becomes|
a Water Park with floating botanical gardens that are helping restore ecological health.
|Dr. Richard Murphy |
Marine Biologist educates others about the sea and ways to protect the oceans for the future.
|Dr. Robert Ballard |
and the JASON project bring scientific exploration to children around the world.
|Dr. Shirley McGreal founded the International Primate Protection League.||Dr. Vandana Shiva works to preserve biodiversity for the planet.||Dramatic elephant rescue|
|Emily Hunter is an environmental activist, eco-journalist and filmmaker.||Emily Pozo created ICE to assist and educate residents of the Galapagos Islands||Envirofit retrofits engines to reduce pollution and enhance energy efficiency in developing countries.||Erica Fernandez gave a voice to the voiceless and saved her neighborhood.||Favio Chavez makes music out of garbage.||Fin Donnelly works to keep our rivers and waters clean.|
|Five ways to make aquaculture more sustainable||Frances Moore Lappe works to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger.||Friends of Nature:|
Mr. Liang Congjie is a voice for China's environment.
|Friends of the Sea Lion rescue, treat, and release these mammals back into the ocean.||George Schaller is a world-renowned naturalist.||Gerald Durrell established the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust for endangered species.|
|GoodGuide and others use technology to help turn consumers green||Green roofs in Nairobi save energy, water||Greenpeace works globally to save the environment.||Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Cleanup Team work hard to return the Gulf to a healthy state.||Hayrettin Karaca is known as Grandfather Earth for making our planet brighter, greener and better for future generations.||Heat-absorbing ceramic stoves cut fuel use|
|Heather DeWitt is a devoted conservationist.||Help Mary Save Coral works to repopulate the world's coral.||How renewable energy is rescuing US schools from budget cuts||India's feisty - and effective - environmental champion||J.N. (Ding) Darling was a conservationist and cartoonist who used his art to raise awareness about the environment.||Jack Johnson is a musician who encourages kids to take care of the environment.|
|Jack Rudloe works to conserve the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico.||Jack Sim has started a worldwide campaign for clean public toilets and better sanitation standards.||Jacques Cousteau invented the Aqua-Lung, a predecessor to the SCUBA systems used by divers worldwide today.||Jaime Lynn Butler is the story of a young Navaho artist environmentalist.||James Dilley worked to protect open space in Laguna Canyon.||James Pribram |
|Jane Goodall is an authority on wild chimpanzees.||Jane Goodall is an authority on wild chimpanzees.||Jean-Michel Cousteau is committed to protecting the ocean for future generations through education and conservation.||Jim and Jamie Dutcher are wolf conservationists.||Jim Dilley was the founder of the Laguna Beach Greenbelt.||Jody Williams is a human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner who began a campaign to rid the world of landmines.|
|John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) is a much loved American hero and legend.||John Dennis Liu inspires people to save Earth's ecosystem||John Denver was an American songwriter/singer and activist for the environment.||John McConnell founded Earth Day (March 20) and continues his fight for environmental education and awareness.||John Muir advocated preservation, feeling that natural areas promote mental health.||Joseph Ki-Zerbo works to help Africans retain control of their country's agriculture.|
|Julia Hill brought public attention to deforestation in California.||Kaa-Iya |
del Gran Chaco
National Park is the only park in the Americas established and run by indigenous peoples.
|Kory Johnson was honored with the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1998.||L.E.A.F. Rocks empowers youth to use the art of film, music and technology to become environmental leaders.||Latino Environmental Activists are shaping an urban agenda with smog, foul water among priorities.||Laurie David is passionately committed to stopping global warming.|
|Lawrence Anthony was known as the Elephant Whisperer||Leanne Sarco recruited Facebook friends to save Gulf Coast's hermit crabs||Lynn Herring is one farmer who acts to save environment from factory farms.||MacGillivray Family founded the non-profit MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation||Mali Bickley is proud of her students who won Best Film (Rainforest Fable), Elementary category, of the 8th Annual MY HERO Film Festival.||Marjory Stoneman Douglas worked tirelessly to preserve the Everglades.|
|Mia Siscawati teaches people to protect their environment.||Michael Reynolds|
Garbage Warrior combines biology and architecture to build sustainable housing.
|Mika Vanhanen is the founder and director of Environment Online, a global virtual school for sustainable development.||Mike Browne started Get the Lead Out of Fishing||Mrs. Mei Ng: |
Friends of the Earth
(Hong Kong) uses education to foster environmental awareness in China
|My Trip to Catalina Island Slater, a young environmental and peace activist, meets her hero, Jean-Michel Cousteau.|
|Nicole Dewing and|
Curtis McCormack joined the Peace Corps and started a waste recycling project in Joal, Senegal.
|Ocean Robbins helps organize young people committed to protecting the planet.||Oil Spill Volunteers Looking For Ways to Help||Olivia Bouler Olivia created 500 paintings of her feathered friends to raise funds for Audubon's bird rescue.||Philippe Cousteau continues the work of his father, Jacques Cousteau, through Earth Echo International||PRETOMA works to protect ocean resources in Costa Rica.|
|Prigi Arisandi works to educate people on the importance of protecting the rivers of Indonesia||Public-private teamwork helps save Connecticut's threatened alewives||Rachel Carson was the mother of the environmental movement.||Ramani Sankaranarayanan |
and Geeta Vaidyanathan founded CTxGrEn to show villagers how to turn native materials into fuel for electricity.
|Randall Arauz founded the Association for the Restoration of Sea Turtles (PRETOMA).||Reef Ball Foundation restores damaged coral reef systems around the world.|
|Ric O'Barry works to free captive dolphins around the world.||Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is an eco-warrior defending the earth for future generations.||Robert Redford established the Sundance Film Festival to effect change in the world.||Rory Stear and Kristine Pearson developed and distribute wind-up and solar powered radios to poor communities around the world.||Rowena Gerber and her students raise money to send Solar Ovens around the world.||Roxanne Kremer works with the Mestizo Indians of the Peruvian rainforest to save pink dolphins.|
|Roz Savage challenges people to live in a more environmentally conscious way.||Ryan Hreljac helps build wells for clean water in Africa.||Saint Francis of Assisi was a true example of harmonious existence on Earth.||Sandra Postel believes in the importance of water conservation.||Saving The World's Ancient Trees:|
One Clone at a Time
|Severn Cullis-Suzuki an environmental activist, speaker, television host.|
|Singapore's "Supertrees" Bring National Gardens into City Center||SOCCKET energy-generating soccer ball powers up poor villages||Stanislav Petrov averted nuclear disaster, yet remains unknown to most.||SUJANA cleans roads in Indonesia to help the environment.||Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world's oceans, waves and beaches.||Suryo Wardhoyo Prawiroatmodjo educates people in Indonesia to protect the environment.|
|Sylvia Earle is a marine biologist and ambassador of the oceans.||Tanzania: Obama kicks soccer ball, generates power||Terram Foundation brings job growth, community involvement, and local solutions to larger environmental concerns.||Texas Wetlands Restoration |
Could be Model for 5 Gulf States
|The goal: Help India's poorest of the poor brickmakers||Theodore Roosevelt was a pioneer in protecting the environment.|
|Tuy Sereivathana is a Cambodian environmentalist who solves conflicts between elephants and people.||Velma Bronn Johnston worked to save the wild mustangs in the United States||Wangari Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement that plants trees to help restore the desolate ecosystem in Africa.||Wes Jackson was a professor who returned to the land to advance sustainable agriculture practices.||When Tom McNichol saw swirling |
trash he launched his Clean Up Boat
|William McDonough designs buildings for ecological sustainability.|
|YouthCaN is a youth-|
promoting environmental awareness through technology.
|Zander Srodes |
and Turtle Talks has educated over 5,000 students on sea turtles and marine conservation.
|"Teacher in Space" Christa McAuliffe's |
Memory Still Vivid After 25 Years
|A passion for learning results in a school for India's poorest children started a free school in India for poor children.||Ana Eugenia Posada is a dedicated teacher who provides help and support to children with learning difficulties.||Andrew Greene Jr. of Sierra Leone teaches the world|
|Annie Mansfield Sullivan Macy developed new methods for teaching blind and deaf students.||Aristotle was one of the greatest philosophers of all time.|
|Atsuko Shiwaku set up the International Intercultural Mural Exchange Project to promote peaceful coexistence.||Baba Coleman is a drumming teacher who instills self-determination in his students.||Barry Guillot is a middle school teacher who makes science come to life through service-learning.||Barry Kramer empowers students to ask questions and find answers through Learning Circles, a telecollaborative learning experience.||Becky Miller is the General Editor for MY HERO.||Bill Belsey is a teacher with a mission to stop bullying.|
|Booker T. Washington was an educator and the founder of the Tuskegee Institute.||Cami Anderson is working to improve the school system of Newark, New Jersey.||Carey M. Thomas was a pioneer and model for women in education.||Charles Michel de L'Epee was a French educator known as 'The Father of the Deaf'.||Charter Schools Expanding Rapidly |
Across United States
|Cheikh Darou Seck is an English teacher in Senegal who inspires his students to become MY HERO reporters.|
|Christa McAuliffe was the first teacher to fly in space.||Colonel Francis Parker was known as 'The Children's Crusader' and 'The Teacher of Teachers.'||Domingo F. Sarmiento was a distinguished educator and president of Argentina.||Dr. Ed Gragert works towards peace and global education.||Dr. H. Arief Rahman is admired by his students for the way he speaks his mind and encourages them in their studies.||Dr. Margaret Honey is working to transform the way we educate our children in science, math, engineering and technology.|
|Dr. Norman Isaacs is an inspiration to the staff and students at Millikan Middle School.||Dr. Philip Zimbardo - Psychologist has created the Heroic Imagination Project to foster the belief that we are all heroes in waiting.||Dr. Robert Ballard |
and the JASON project bring scientific exploration to children around the world.
|Eeva Reeder is passionate about teamwork and hands-on, real-life applications of abstract mathematical concepts.||Elizabeth Daley has created an outstanding multi media educational program that serves as a model for the world.||Emi Yuliaty encourages her students to believe that where there is a will there is a way.|
|Erin Gruwell is the founder of Freedom Writers and an inspiration to teachers and students around the world.||Eva La Mar uses visual learning and communication tools to deepen understanding of geography, geology and local history.||Film Festival 2005|
Get a Clue
Carol Anne McGuire teaches visually impaired children and founded Rock Our World.
|Friedl Dicker-Brandeis was an artist and teacher who gave children hope during the Holocaust.||Gary Birch is a compassionate educator and role model to his students.||Geoffrey Canada is an educator, social activist and president of the Harlem Childrens Zone in New York.|
|George N. Parks inspires his band students to do their best and have fun with music.||Georgiana Munteanu, My English Teacher inspires her students to believe in themselves and to love and respect nature.||Giuseppe Fortunati is a computer teacher from Italy who uses the Internet to promote cultural exchanges.||Global Educator Award|
George Lucas is a global educator who has made a great impact on the world in the field of education.
|Grace Lee and Jimmy Boggs: A Lifelong Search for Real Education describes the beginning of the Grace Lee and Jimmy Boggs Educational Center.||Grace Lee Boggs has advocated for marginalized people for over 70 years|
|Guillermo Ojeda-Lajud is a Mexican teacher who helps his students gain filmmaking skills to make a statement about their environment.||Hector Morales teaches students to be self-sufficient environmentalists.||Hero Teachers of a Dyslexic is a personal story that seeks to guide and encourage students who learn differently.||Jaime Escalante proved to the nation that inner-city students could master difficult subjects.||James Burke developed a model of discovery called the Knowledge Web to connect information across space and time.||Janet Miller is a teacher who stepped up to prevent bullying of LGBT students.|
|Janusz Korczak stayed behind to protect his orphan students during the Holocaust.||Jean Enock Joseph teaches self-help to lift Haiti||Jerrilyn Jacobs mentors her students in music, dance and filmmaking.||Jesse Thyne was a generous soul with a passion for teaching.||Johann Olav Koss: Right To Play is a Norwegian Olympian who founded Right to Play||John Seigel Boettner brings his classroom out into the world and the world into his classroom through bikes and film.|
|Judy Warner worked to create a public high school for technology.||Laura Nietzer inspires her students through the MY HERO Learning Circle.||Laurel Schmidt encourages her fifth graders to get involved.||Li Ling gives hope to disadvantaged children in China.||Louis Braille invented a system of writing and reading used by blind people all over the world.||Ludomatica offers technology and |
to disadvantaged Colombian youth
|Luis Soriano Bohorquez started the Biblioburro Library in the mountains of Colombia.||Luisa Orellana is an English as a second language teacher who inspires her students to reach for their dreams.||Mali Bickley uses technology to help her students connect with their peers around the world to build empathy and tolerance.||Mali Bickley is proud of her students who won Best Film (Rainforest Fable), Elementary category, of the 8th Annual MY HERO Film Festival.||Marco Torres helps students empower themselves through the mastery of multimedia.||Maria Montessori developed a new approach to education.|
|Mario Martin is a blind university Spanish professor who inspires others with his drive to suceed and his passion for Hispanic literature.||Marsha Goren is much beloved by her students for her genuine commitment to them.||Martha Mecartney is a scientist, engineer and professor committed to helping young women interested in the field of science.||Mary Lyon established the U.S.'s first college for women.||Mary McLeod Bethune used |
education to help
in the fight for racial and gender equality.
|Mel Levine believes that students who understand their learning styles are better equipped for success.|
|Mia Siscawati teaches people to protect their environment.||Mika Vanhanen is the founder and director of Environment Online, a global virtual school for sustainable development.||Mirian Acosta-Sing piloted a project to provide every student and teacher at Mott Hall School with a laptop.||Morris S. Schwartz was a professor who taught us how to live life with joy.||Mrs. Linda Klepper has changed the lives of many young children as a second grade teacher.||Mrs. Magdalena Domniteanu is a hero for her patience and ability to inspire her students with a love for learning.|
|Mrs. Mignosa is a hero to Caitlin because she helps her with her studies after school.||Mrs. Nirmala |
and the Eradication
of Malaria Project are working in India to educate the public.
|Mustapha Louznadji is an Algerian educator who leads by example and who brings out the best in his students and colleagues.||Nawaraj Baskota is working to improve the education of the poorest children in Nepal.||Pat Bolanos founded Key Learning Community to cultivate multiple intelligences.||Paul Cummins has devoted his career to finding ways to provide all children equitable access to a quality education.|
|Peter Copen is the founder of iEARN (International Education and Resource Network)||Pythagoras contributed to our understanding of mathematics, music and astronomy.||Raden Ajeng Kartini championed education and civil rights for women in Indonesia.||Ralph Bunche was a diplomat and teacher who won a Nobel Peace Prize.||Ranald MacDonald was a Native American/Scot wayfarer who helped open up Japan to the West.||Retired Florida Teacher Rebuilds School in Haiti|
|Robert Moses founded The Algebra Project, which is committed to teaching math literacy.||Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras uses music to inspire children to learn.||Roberto Arevalo of The Mirror Project |
teaches kids TV production.
|Rowena Gerber and her students raise money to send Solar Ovens around the world.||Ruth Simmons is breaking down barriers in the world of higher education.||Ruty Hotzen inspires students from around the world through Talking Kites, iEARN.|
|Sadie Dunn is an inspiring role model as a teacher and great-grandmother.||September McGee is an artist and a teacher.||Sequoyah invented the Cherokee alphabet, which enabled Cherokees to record their history.||Shannon Arnett impacts her students with her love and excitement for learning.||Shirley Blair helps bring education to Tibetan children from Nepal.||Sir Ken Robinson is a passionate international advisor on education in the arts|
|Socrates is an important founder of Western philosophy.||Stephanie Joukoff coaches synchronized swimming and is a hero to Emily.||Susan Elizabeth Blow founded the first public kindergarten school in America.||Susanna Wesley is known as the Mother of Methodism.||Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet created the first school for the deaf and dumb and blind in America.||Tokunbo O. Adebisi is a much respected teacher in Nigeria.|
|Tommie Hamaluba is a teacher in Botswana, Africa, working to eradicate malaria.||Tony Bencivenga stresses the importance of social and emotional learning experiences.||Two worlds, one classroom School that Reaches Out to children and families from the nearby slum in India.||Valentina Mindoljevic is a science teacher who helped to provide aid to women and child refugees in Croatia.||Vicky Colbert de Arboleda is a leader in the movement to transform education in Colombia to provide equal access to all children.||Viola Vaughn founded an organization that supports girls working to achieve academic success in Africa.|
|Wendy Gorton is an educational technology consultant and Google Certified Teacher.||Wendy Jewell is a passionate MY HERO educator, writer and Learning Circle facilitator.||Wendy Milette is a visionary filmmaker and educator.||Wyatt Smith makes a deal with his students: Learn Chinese. Go to China.|