Liliana Jaramillo, young champion of the Earth

The UN presented the “Young Champions of the Earth” Environment award to Ecuadorian Liliana Jaramillo. This award comes with USD 15,000 for her to continue with her proposal to use native plants to preserve the environment in urban environments.



This biologist, with a Master in Environmental Studies from the University of Melbourne (Australia) seeks to recover flora and fauna in different areas of Quito. The “green roofs” will be her main means to increase the native plants that know how to live with the infrastructure and conditions of the capital. She explains that choosing native plants guarantees the acceptance of citizens, authorities and the industry in general.




By incorporating these “friendly” roofs you can reduce air pollution and promote urban ecology, which will continue to develop towards different “green” infrastructures. In addition, the more green spaces incorporated into the project, the increase in biodiversity such as birds and insects can be restored and recovered after the displacement they have suffered from urban development.

Her research will begin by identifying which species can fulfill her proposal and recognize in them strengths to continue protecting the environment.

This award makes Jaramillo, 28, the representative of Latin America and the Caribbean pending the result of 5 other representatives from different regions of the world chosen from over 600 participants. The objective of this recognition is to highlight young talents between 18 and 30 years old and train them and guide them in the development of projects that seek to protect the environment.

This “young” edition of the contest is a complement to the Champions of Earth Award, in which prominent environmental leaders from government, civil society and the private sector participate. They believe it is important to support the enthusiasm and vision of the new generations to save our planet.

The winners will receive:

  • Initial financing of US $ 15,000.
  • Assistance to the United Nations Environment Assembly, to be held in Nairobi in December 2017, and to the United Nations General Assembly, which will take place in New York in September 2018.
  • Possibility to meet Environment ministers from all over the world attending the gala dinner of the Champions of the Earth awards, to be held in Nairobi in December 2017.
  • Advertising and recognition on the Internet and in the global media.
  • Access to high-level mentors and personalized training in the field of communications, project planning and financial management, among others.
  • Participation in a one-week intensive training course on entrepreneurship that will take place in Europe during the first quarter of 2018.

All those chosen have surprised with their exceptional ideas which have captivated jurors because of their innovation and interest in contributing to the environment.