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UVM Professor Selected as "Green Giant"

The British Observer Magazine, has selected the University of Vermont’s Saleem Ali as one of twenty “Green Giants” who “will be setting the global environmental agenda in the coming year.” Ali joins the company of Brad Pitt, Prince Charles, Evo Morales, and Arnold Schwarzenegger on the magazine’s “Eco Power List” of “the people who will set the tone for how green issues are perceived and how the planet is protected.”

Described as an “eco-diplomat,” UVM’s Ali, professor of environmental studies, was praised for his view that “natural resources have the capacity to unite, not just divide.” The article also noted his leading work on international peace parks at the border between countries, especially those at conflict, and his complex views of the necessity of sustainable consumption.

 The article was published on January 16, 2011, as part of the Observer newspaper’s Sunday magazine, and online at through the Observer’s sister paper, the Guardian.