At the age of 86 a Canadian icon in the environmental sector has passed away. “Mr. Strong was an internationally recognized environmentalist and philanthropist who used his remarkable business acumen, organizational skills, and humanity to make the world a better place” (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau). Maurice was born in Oak Lake, Manitoba and played a large part in organizing the climate summit that will begin tomorrow (Monday) in Paris.
In 1971 Strong commissioned a report titled “Only One Earth: The Care and Maintenance of a Small Plant”. He did this in preparation for the 1972 Stockholm conference. This report was the first state of the environment address. Which was fitting as Strong was generally a pioneer in environmental action. The former oil company executive was also the founding and first executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). UNEP has worked to promote environmental sciences and international environmental conventions. Maurice Strong’s work continues to live on through UNEP and his influence will be seen in Paris over the next two weeks.
Thank you Maurice Strong, for helping create a world that can be enjoyed for years to come.