Wilson resident Hansjorg Wyss received the first-ever “philanthropist of the year” award at this year’s National Geographic Explorers Festival.

Wyss stepped into the national spotlight in November 2018 for pledging to donate one billion dollars over the next decade to conservation around the world.  In an op-ed for the New York Time published October 31, Wyss penned a passionate declaration of support for our planet Earth.

“Every one of us—citizens, philanthropists, business and government leaders—should be troubled by the enormous gap between how little of our natural world is currently protected and how much should be protected. It is a gap that we must urgently narrow, before our human footprint consumes the earth’s remaining wild places,” Wyss wrote. “For the sake of all living things, let’s see to it that far more of our planet is protected by the people, for the people and for all time.”

Wyss is a philanthropist and conservationist who was born in Switzerland. The Wyss Foundation has been active in other planet-saving endeavors as well—in the Andes Amazon, Carpathia, Argentina, and various African game parks.

National Geographic is streaming the Explorers Festival live. Watch it here:

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