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TSU Professor Receives UNEP Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted on Friday, December 11, 2020

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Dr. Robert D. Bullard, distinguished professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University, has been awarded the 2020 Champions of the Earth Lifetime Achievement award by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Dr. Bullard was honored for his commitment and service to environmental justice.

“This year’s Champions of the Earth have dug their heels in, faced down adversity and taken on the immense challenge of working to protect and restore our environment,” said UNEP’s Executive Director Inger Andersen. “They not only inspire us, they also remind us that we have in our hands the solutions, the knowledge and the technology to limit climate change and avoid ecological collapse. It is time for us all to act for nature.”

The Lifetime Achievement award recognizes decades of consistent action on behalf of the planet and its inhabitants. Since its inception in 2005, the annual Champions of the Earth honor has brought visibility and validation to some of the world’s most dynamic environmental leaders, from pioneering scientists and captains of industry to heads of state and community activists.

Dr. Bullard, known across the United States as the “Father of Environmental Justice,” has been a leader in the environment movement for four decades. He has brought issues of environmental racism to the forefront through extensive research and advocacy. He says that his primary goal is teaching young people how to advocate for change.

“There is a long arc of justice. If we understand that these struggles are long term, we will reach that North Star: justice, fairness and equity for all,” Dr. Bullard said. “I am excited about this award and humbled by the fact that environmental and climate justice work is being honored by such an important body as the United Nations. The quest for justice is not a sprint, it’s a marathon relay (where we must) pass the baton to the next generation of freedom fighters.”

“I am elated that Dr. Bullard is receiving an award reflective of his high-caliber career,” said TSU Interim President Kenneth Huewitt. “A champion is a fantastic way to describe Dr. Bullard as well as his impact and the legacy he will leave on the world and future generations.”

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Last updated: 12/11/2020