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RBS confers Earth Heroes Awards to incredible works in tackling climate change

The awards are an attempt to recognise the grit and determination of individuals and institutions who went beyond their call of duty with an aim to preserve and protect the environment

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RBS India, the innovation and operations hub of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), today announced the winners of the 9th edition of the RBS Earth Heroes Awards (REHA), who have played significant role in combating climate change, the theme for the 2019 awards.
The awards are an attempt to recognise the grit and determination of individuals and institutions who went beyond their call of duty with an aim to preserve and protect the environment.

Winners of 2019 RBS Earth Heroes Awards

REHA Winners


Award Category

Bholu Abrar Khan


Green Warrior

Dimbeshwar Das


Green Warrior

Ela Foundation


Earth Guardian

Aishwarya Maheshwari

Uttar Pradesh

Save the Species

S. Sathish

Tamil Nadu

Save the Species

Jalal Ud Din Baba



Pramila Bisoyi


Lifetime Achievement

Speaking on the occasion Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of state for Home Affairs said, “Under the UN Sustainable Development Goals, there is a critical and urgent need for climate change mitigation. By recognising and rewarding those who are working towards this goal of environment conservation, RBS India is creating a value cycle which will urge more citizens to take up greater responsibility to mitigate climate change and conserve earth. I congratulate all the awardees and hope that they continue to inspire more heroes.”
Addressing the gathering, Union Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Babul Supriyo said, “I commend the organisers and the jury for really seeking out ‘unsung heroes’ from the nook and corners of the country. The seven award winners this year from forest guards to members of parliament and researchers to civil societies, and individuals from various walks of life, truly reflect the commitment of India’s citizens to protect our natural heritage”.
Highlighting the awards, N Sunil Kumar, Head of Sustainability, RBS India and CEO, RBS Foundation India, said, “Coming in the wake of the recent UN General Assembly’s special session on climate change, and the signing up for ‘Responsible Banking’ at the UN, the awards serve to demonstrate the stellar contributions of these heroes have made in conserving forests, marine life, and other ecosystems for climate mitigation.”
Pankaj Phatarphod, Country Head - Services and Managing Director, RBS India said, “Climate change is real, and the consequences of climate change and the planet’s depleting natural resources are much closer than we think. It is our duty to protect the planet, not only for us but for future generations too. It is, indeed, a privilege for us to be hosting these awards each year. It is important that we recognise these individuals who have taken upon themselves, the duty of protecting our natural heritage, with some of them risking and sacrificing personal assets and wellbeing – it is a true celebration of India’s spirit of public service.”

RBS Earth Heroes Awards were institutionalised in 2011 to provide a national platform to those individuals and institutions that have espoused and undertaken actions to protect the endangered forests, wetlands, and other natural ecosystems. The award winners were selected by a jury comprising eminent personalities from conservation science and management, media, and the government.

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