Climate change activist Gloria Bulus has bagged the Alfredo Sirkis Memorial Green Ring Award” from former US Vice-President Al Gore at the 44th Climate Reality Leadership Corps Global Training.
The award is presented to outstanding climate reality leaders who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to their role as climate communicators and activists.
Presenting the award virtually to Bulus, Gore said she was the first to receive the award in Africa.
He explained that Bulus, the founder and executive director of Bridge that Gap, a Kaduna-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), was trained as a climate reality leader in Washington, US in 2017.
He said that the NGO was working on climate crisis and a variety of other humanitarian issues, including enhancement of the education of women and children.
“Previously called the Green Ring Award, the Alfredo Sirkis Memorial Green Ring Award was recently renamed to honour the life and legacy of former Brazil Branch Director and climate champion Alfredo Sirkis.
“Sirkis passed away earlier this year and his family honoured his request that he goes to his final rest wearing his Climate Reality Green Ring,” Gore said.
He identified other recipients of the award as Nana Firman from Indonesia, Ximena Loría from Costa Rica and Tim Guinee, US.
“Bulus, Firman, Loria and Guinee, exemplify the purpose and heart of what it means to be a climate reality leader,” said Al Gore.
He added that participants were trained with practical skills and knowledge to build an equitable and inclusive movement for climate action and climate justice.
This is the first time the training was held entirely without a physical meeting.