The winner of a UN environmental award has said that naming and shaming the “dirtiest” of Asia’s business is more effective in curbin environmental destruction than government regulation.

“It’s an Asian thing. We value reputations and names very much. We don’t want to be put to shame,” said Elisea Gillera Gozun, who heads seven environmental NGOs in the Phillipines. “We react more to that rather than the fear of regulation,” she said.

Elisea Gozun is one of seven winners of the Champions of the Earth awards, alongside US vice-president turned climate campaigner Al Gore and Olympics boss Jacques Rogge.

More information on the Champions of the Earth awards can be found here.

Goska Romanowicz

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