Explorer in Residence and filmmaker, Mark Terry, was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his international humanitarian service on Mar 6, 2013.
The award acknowledges Mark's work with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and their partnership on his documentary feature films The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning and The Polar Explorer. "It is a great honour to be selected for this award," said Mark. "It acknowledges the important work that still needs to be done in the area of climate change research and policy creation."
Nick Nuttall, UNEP Director of Communications, said: "'Mark Terry, through his perceptive and provoking films, has brought the reality and risks of climate change to an ever widening audience. In doing so he has supported the work of many including the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and for that we and many others are grateful".
Here's what other prominent figures had to say about Mark's great achievement:
THE EXPLORERS CLUB (CANADA):"On behalf of the Explorers Club, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations on a recognition that is very well deserved. Mark exemplifies the ideals on which the Explorers Club was founded in 1904, expressed through his passion for scientific exploration and discovery. Through his films, Mark's contributions extend well beyondCanada and the Commonwealth, moving international policy makers to act and creating a global community working together to resolve the challenges of climate change. Congratulations Mark."
Elaine WyattDirector, The Explorers Club, Canadian ChapterOntario Nunavut Region
THE UNITED NATIONS:"Mark Terry, through his perceptive and provoking films, has brought the reality and risks of climate change to an ever widening audience. In doing so he has supported the work of many including the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and for that we and many others should be grateful. Mark is a worthy awardee of the Diamond Jubilee Medal which rewards him and his team for excellence and persistance in the face of sometimes a skeptical world but reflects the urgency and scientific consensus that humanity needs to stop playing Russian Roulette with humanity's future."
Nick Nuttall, Director of CommunicationsUnited Nations Environment Programme
"Please accept my congratulations on this recognition of your contribution to Canadiansociety and, in particular, to Canadian higher education. Your award brings honour toyou and by association to York University and I am delighted to count you as adistinguished colleague."
Dr. Martin SingerDean,Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies,York University
CITY OF TORONTO:
"Warmest congratulations on receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.Our city's success and vitality are due in large part to people like you, who throughoutstanding commitment and willingness to give back have made a significant differenceto others. Your leadership and dedication are reflective of the spirit of Toronto. Manyof the initiatives and activities you have undertaken have made a positive impact aroundthe world. Mark, we thank you for your tireless efforts and applaud your outstandingachievements."
Mayor Rob Ford,City of Toronto
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