OK, maybe Tom Lalampaa isn't a big celebrity, but he should be! Mr. Lalampaa is the 2016 winner of the Bright Award, which recognizes "unheralded individuals" who have made major contributions to global sustainability. Mr. Lalampaa is the chief programs officer for the Northern Rangelands Trust (photo credit: NRT), an organization established in 2004 to develop community conservancies that conserve natural resources. This type of conservation uses the expertise of local people and demonstrates the benefits of conservation to their local communities. Here's what the Stanford News(9/26/16) reported from the nominating committee:
"No one better illustrates the future potential for Kenya and Africa than Tom Lalampaa," said nomination committee chair Barton H. "Buzz" Thompson Jr., the Robert E. Paradise Professor in Natural "Through his work at the Northern Rangelands Trust, Tom has demonstrated the opportunity to promote economic development, sow peace among neighboring tribes and conserve Africa's tremendous wildlife, all at the same time. Tom is an accomplished practitioner of the essential art of community-based conservation." Read more about this inspiring Kenyan who's making waves in the conservation world!