UN Environment has made Ecuadorian biologist Liliana Jaramillo Pazmiño a Young Champion of the Earth for her work in bringing back flora and fauna and reducing air pollution and vulnerability to natural disasters by encouraging more use of native plants in the green rooftops of our urbanized planet.
"Native plants have a great potential to be used in green roofs because they’re adapted to the local conditions of the cities, plus their spread and use will allow the conservation of native flora and the fauna they bring that have been disappearing with urbanisation," Pazmiño says.
“Being a Young Champion of the Earth is a great opportunity because I feel that my ideas are powerful. All of us have this seed inside us, this green spark for making a change.”
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Meet the other 2017 Young Champions of the Earth
Liliana Jaramillo, UN Environment Young Champion of the Earth for Latin America & the Caribbean
Kaya Dorey, UN Environment Young Champion of the Earth for North America
Adam Dixon, UN Environment Young Champion of the Earth for Europe