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Updated:May 14, 2021

The 12th Inductees

Tsuchiya Haruki (Born in 1943, Japan)
(President of Kyoto Eco Energy Institute, President of Research Institute for Systems Technology)

In 1980, he announced the idea of an "energy cultivating civilization", he advocated for a shift from the "hunting type" of human that digs for fossil fuels and nuclear materials from underground, to the "cultivation type" of human that uses the sun, wind power, hydropower, biomass, etc. on the ground, much like agriculture.

He established and managed the Research Institute for Systems Technology, analyzed the cost reduction of photovoltaic power generation by applying the learning curve, predicted future costs (1989-2000), and conducted research which indicated the great potential of domestically produced renewable energy. He took part in the workshop named"最終用途重視型エネルギーワークショップ" at Princeton University and the University of Sao Paulo, and cooperated in the preparation of the Second IPCC Report (1995).

He served as an advisor to the "Global Warming Countermeasures Research Team" of the National Institute for Environmental Studies and researched and advocated energy policies such as zero carbon dioxide emissions through efficiency improvements and renewable energy, creating the "2050 Energy Scenario for a Decarbonized Society” together with WWF Japan.


Manuel Pulgar Vidal (Born in 1962, Peru)
(WWF Climate Energy Leader, Former Minister of the Environment for Peru,Chair of COP20)

At a university in Peru, he teaches environmental law and the management of natural resources. When he was the Minister of the Environment for Peru, as the chairman of COP20 in Lima he stated that non-state actors should be involved in international negotiations, which laid the foundations for the big swell of activities of non-state actors in present climate change countermeasures, and greatly contributed to the subsequent development of international negotiations on environmental conservation.

Since 2016, as a WWF climate energy leader, he has been making efforts to developy momentum and steady progress in climate change countermeasures in collaboration with nations, companies, and civic organizations. In addition, he has been broadly active in various organizations, such as chairing the Green Bond Evaluation Council for the French sovereign green bond.


Kristine Tompkins (Born in 1950, U.S.A)
(Former CEO of Patagonia, Inc.)

She was involved in the foundation of Patagonia, Inc. and later became its CEO. For over 25 years she has worked as a nature conservationist, working to protect and restore the wild beauty and biodiversity of Chile and Argentina

After retiring from Patagonia Inc. in 1993, she spent many years injecting funds, time, and passion into biodiversity conservation projects together with her late husband Mr. Doug Tompkins. She also launched the Tompkins Foundation and established five new national parks with the Chilean government. These parks occupy a total area of ​​more than 10 million acres (about the same size as the Swiss Federation) and have contributed to the long-term conservation of the land, including environmental, cultural, and economic perspectives.