The Sweden-based non-profit organization The Perfect World Foundation annually presents their honorary award – The Perfect World Award – to a person who has made significant contributions to the conservation of our natural world and contributed to the increase of global awareness about the importance of protecting our planet’s wildlife and environment to secure a sustainable future for all its inhabitants.
The crystal award statuette bears the name ‘The Fragile Rhino’. The rhino symbolises the rapid extinction of wild animals, and the crystal is a symbol of how fragile our planet’s wildlife and nature are, especially to human impact. Each statuette is uniquely designed, and handmade by Swedish Orrefors, Kosta Boda, one of the world’s most famous and historic glass design and glassblowing companies, dating back to 1742.
The Perfect World Foundation Award Recipients
2022, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II
The Perfect World Foundation is presenting H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco with their highest honour, the world’s most prestigious conservation award, The Perfect World Foundation Award at an intimate gala in Sweden in May this year.
“H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco is not just a figurehead for his foundation, ocean conservation goes back generations in Monaco and this award recognises all that the Prince is doing for conservation and saving our planet, in particular for our oceans”
– Ragnhild Jacobsson, The Perfect World Foundation’s CEO.
2021, Dr Dian Fossey
GORILLA EXPERT & WILDLIFE CONSERVATIONIST
“When you realise the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future.”
– Dian Fossey
2020, Dr Wangari Maathai
2004 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE & ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST
“It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.” – Wangari Maathai
2019, Miss Greta Thunberg
ENVIRONMENTAL & CLIMATE ACTIVIST
“Many people say that Sweden is just a small country and it doesn’t matter what we do, but I’ve learnt that you are never to small to make a difference.” – Greta Thunberg
2018, Sir David Attenborough
ZOOLOGIST & NATURE PROGRAM BROADCASTER
“The truth is: the natural world is changing. And we are totally dependent on that world. It provides our food, water and air. It is the most precious thing we have and we need to defend it.” – David Attenborough
2017, Dr Sylvia Earle
MARINE BIOLOGIST, OCEANOGRAPHER & CONSERVATIONIST
“Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.” – Sylvia Earle
2016, Dr Richard Leakey
ANTHROPOLOGIST, WILDLIFE CONSERVATIONIST
“We will burn ivory and we hope every country in the globe will support Kenya and say never again should we trade ivory.” – Richard Leakey
2015, Dr Jane Goodall
THE WORLD’S LEADING CHIMPANZEE EXPERT
“We are part of the animal kingdom, not separated from it, we could have a blood transfusion from a chimp if it matched the blood group, we really could, and the other way around too.” – Jane Goodall
2014, Mr Mark Shand
WILDLIFE CONSERVATIONIST & FOUNDER OF ELEPHANT FAMILY
“I always say that basically elephants are a lot more intelligent than human beings… they are quiet, they are superior, they are wise. Without them we lose, we lose them, we lose the forest, we lose everything.” – Mark Shand
To all our grief Mr. Mark Shand unexpectedly and unfortunate passed away in a tragic fall accident just weeks before the award ceremony. The award was later received by his brother-in-law HRH The Price of Wales and his sister HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.
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