“I came here thinking of my people. I leave here thinking of our planet.”
That's how finalist winner Carlos Daniel Vecco Giove of Peru summed up what DM2009 meant for him. (Vecco was honored for his proposal to aid the Amazonian indigenous populations in his country in adapting to rapid climate change.)
Vecco's stirring words echoed around the floor of the competition, on up to the podium during the Friday, Nov. 13, awards ceremony, where a rapt audience heard Warren Evans, Environment Director of the World Bank, say: "Let me share with you what I heard that one of our finalists who traveled here from far away said this week."
One way or another, the other finalists expressed the same thought -- if not in so many words, then in the potential for their projects to bring innovative but practical climate adaptation not only to their target community but to people and places across regions and countries...to the whole planet.