As “Heroes of the Environment”, he is in the same list as Al Gore, Prince Charles and Mikhail Gorbachev.
VON HERNANDEZ – former literature professor, activist, environmentalist, and Greenpeace campaign director for Southeast Asia.
Hernandez is one of Asia’s leading activists against waste incineration. Instead he advocates the effective, polluatant-free technology that is recyling and recomposting of the mountains of trash across the Philippines.
“The garbage problem in the Philippines can’t be burned away through waste incineration. Incineration spews dangerous toxic fumes and poison ash into the environment. Through community waste reduction and recycling programs, the Philippines can safely manage our garbage while protecting human health and the environment.”
Hernandez’ work and passion caught the eye of TIME Magazine and awarded him as one of 45 people who are “Heroes of the Environment”. In 2003, Hernandez was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, the Nobel Prize equivalent for grass-roots environmentalists.