Heroes of the Environment


A Sense of Urgency

For 2007, TIME's annual celebration of heroes spotlights the most innovative and influential protectors of the planet More »

  • Photos: This Fragile Earth

    To commemorate TIME's Heroes of the Environment, a whirlwind tour of some of the wildlife and ecosystems most endangered by global warming More »

  • Photos: China's Dust Bowl

    Decades of ruinous environmental policies have turned the delicate grasslands of central China into desert. James Whitlow Delano documents the ongoing fight against the sand More »

  • Photos: Al Gore's American Life

    A look back through the archives at TIME's environmental hero and Nobel Peace Prize winner More »

  • Leaders & Visionaries

    Mikhail Gorbachev
    Faced with the cold war's disastrous ecological legacy, he saw that the Soviet Union had to change its ways More »

  • Activists

    Frederic Hauge
    How a Norwegian pragmatist makes big waves among corporate and political leaders More »

  • Scientists & Innovators

    Toyota Prius Design Team
    Ten years ago Toyota launched a gasoline-electric hybrid; the fuel-sipping Prius has since set the environmental standard More »

  • Moguls & Entrepreneurs

    Tulsi Tanti
    Wind power saved his first factory. Now he wants to harness it to help save the world More »

  • Green Stream

    How Lee Myung Bak turned a polluted expressway into the centerpiece of Seoul's environmentally friendly future More »

TIME Cover Archive

  • Fight for the Top of the World
  • 60 Years of Asian heroes
  • Global Warming
  • 60 Years of European and African Heroes
  • The Global Warming Survival Guide