The CMS Environment team initiated the Green Heroes awards in the year 2010 for individuals who have been doing remarkable work in the field of environmental conservation in their or adopted local city, town, district or village. The awardees were chosen through nominations from diverse backgrounds ranging from academics, research, filmmaking, journalism, environment education, grassroots activities, etc. The objective behind the award was to acknowledge and recognise the work being done at the grassroots level by individuals so that it can act as a source of inspiration to others and to encourage people to come forward for the cause of environment.
CMS and its partners identified and felicitated individuals who have made significant contributions in the field of waste management in fragile ecological regions, environment educators, filmmakers, cave conservationists, foresters, agricultural scientists, ornithologists, organic farmers, community mobilisers, environmental journalists, and practitioners of traditional conservation methods amongst others. www.cmsvatavaran.org
The Green Heroes who were selected and felicitated in 2010 were from Shimla, Hyderabad Shillong, Port Blair and Bhubaneswar. In all, 38 people were awarded by eminent people like Shri Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary, Hon’ble Governor of Meghalaya; Shri Vivek Rae, Chief Secretary, Andaman & Nicobar Administration; Shri Thakur Gulab Singh, Minister for Public Works Department, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh; Shri N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Hon’ble Speaker, Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly; Shri Debi Prasad Mishra, Hon’ble Minister of Higher Education, Tourism and Culture, Govt. of Orissa; Shri Binoy Vishwam, Hon’ble Minister for Forests, Kerala and eminent film maker Shri Adoor Gopalakrishnan.