Photo: Gisele Bündchen (UNEP)
Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen, since 2009 the goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program, presided over the ceremony to present the Champions of the Earth awards in New York.
Committed to the environment since childhood, she combined glamour and sustainability at New York’s Natural History Museum as the emcee for the ceremony to acknowledge contributions to ecology and which this year specially honored Brazilian Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira and Mexican activist Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo.
Bündchen noted that 40 percent of the food served in the United States remains uneaten while one in every seven people goes to bed hungry in the rest of the world and she called for a more responsible attitude toward global hunger on the part of the citizens of New York and the world.
The supermodel posed for photos with the kids who won the 22nd children’s drawing contest sponsored by the U.N. Environment Program.
Bündchen, who in recent years has taken the leading role in this annual gala, began actively involving herself in environmental protection causes when she was 10 years old when she spent several days with an Indian tribe along the Xingu River in the Amazon rain forest.