Sunita Narain awarded the Edinburgh Medal
The 2020 Edinburgh Medal was awarded today to Sunita Narain, the Delhi-based environmentalist, who joins an illustrious list of past winners such as Prof Jane Goodall, Sir David Attenborough, Prof Peter Higgs and last year's winner Christiana Figueres.
The prestigious Edinburgh Medal is awarded each year, during the Edinburgh Science Festival, to men and women of science and technology whose professional achievements are judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding and well-being of humanity - and the award-winner then delivers a public lecture at the Festival.
Sunita Narain is an environmentalist, activist, author, Director General of the Center for Science and Environment (CSE) and editor of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth. As a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Climate Change between 2007 and 2014, she played a major role in Indian and global environment and development policy formulation.
This year because of the pandemic the award ceremony took place online and was followed by Sunita's Medal address, all of which you can watch below:
In her Medal Address, Sunita focussed on climate crisis and the necessity to act now as our existence is at stake. She explained how the climate crisis affects the poorest areas of the globe, how the volatile politics of immigration deepen the divide between the marginalised and the rich, and how the latter get distracted by trade wars, Brexit, economic crisis and many other issues, not recognising it is the climate crisis that has to have the priority.
Dr. Deborah O'Neil, founder, CEO and Scientific Officer of NovaBiotics, leading clinical-stage biotechnology company developing first-in-class medicines for medically unmet diseases delivered the Oration ahead of the Medal Address with Dominic Fry, Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh delivering the Vote of Thanks. The Ceremony was hosted by Rt. Hon. Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, Frank Ross and Jan Thompson, Acting British High Commissioner to India presented Sunita Narain with the Edinburgh Medal on behalf of Lord Provost.
With thanks to Artemis Investment Management for their generous support of the Edinburgh Medal.