2011 Green Game changers

09/30/2011 02:33 pm ET | Updated Nov 30, 2011
  • Kumi Naidoo Director, African Civil Society Initiative

The Huffington Post has been kind enough to include me in their list of game changers for 2011. It really is an honor to see myself in the company of such amazing and inspiring people - all of whom are doing fantastic work.

While all of the nominees deserve to be recognized, there is one I would single out, and that is Tim DeChristopher.

The creativity of Tim's peaceful protest, the honorable nature of his actions and the courage of conviction he displayed in the face of grossly disproportionate punishment serve as an inspiration to the entire environmental movement.

Tim and others like him around the world who are taking direct peaceful action to stand up for a better future are the ones making that future a reality. For that reason, my personal vote goes to Tim.