The Gawad Bayani ng Kalikasan (GBK) is a biennial awards event and lecture series honoring Filipino heroes and heroines who have defended the environment and people’s rights.
The Philippines is endowed with rich natural resources that can support the country’s national development and ensure that the Filipino people can live in peace and prosperity. For the past century, however, our environment has gone through severe destruction and depletion. The degradation of our ecosystems has proceeded alongside poverty and the dislocation of communities from their lands and livelihoods.
In the face of these worsening environmental and socio-economic impacts, many among the Filipino people have offered their talents, efforts, time, and even their lives to defend the rights of the people and the country’s national patrimony. These heroes and heroines serve as an inspiration for the generations to come.
In salute and recognition of these struggles, the Center for Environmental Concerns, in cooperation with Gawad Bayani ng Kalikasan Awards Committee and the GBK’s collaborating organizations, is pleased to launch the fifth Gawad Bayani ng Kalikasan, an awards event and lecture series recognizing exemplary individuals and organizations who have become part of the people’s movement to defend our environment, lives, and rights.
Following a nationwide process of nomination and selection, each GBK honors a roster of seven awardees composed of three individuals, three organizations and most exemplary individual or organization. It is followed by a lecture series in the form of forums for dialogue, education, and learning between the awardees and the general public. It aims to establish a regular Philippine civil society organization mechanism to recognize, promote, and draw public awareness to the efforts of nameless individuals and communities who have selflessly spearheaded or helped lead significant environmental struggles and the protection of basic rights.