Cheetah conservationist awarded for renewable energy product that helps wildlife
November 14, 2008
"Given the inspiring achievements of the other Tech Laureates, I'm incredibly honored that CCF received this award," Marker said. "I had thought that a simple fuel log that helps cheetahs and people would be too basic to be recognized by the Tech Museum, but that's exactly what was so amazing about all the Laureates—their ideas are simple yet revolutionary to the people whose lives they affect."
Laurie Marker and Chewbaaka, an orphaned cheetah. Courtesy of CCF
Marker says that Namibia is considering using invasive bush as biomass to power electric plants to help energy-dependent Namibia generate its own electricity.
"Clearing invasive bush helps restore millions of acres of Namibian savannah to its original state and improve the habitat for both the cheetah and its prey," CCF explained in a statement.
Marker and CCF were one of five Tech Museum Laureates in the Intel Environment Award Category and 25 global innovators recognized by the Tech Awards for "applying technology to benefit humanity and spark global change". Marker was selected from among hundreds of nominations representing 68 countries.
The global population of cheetah remaining in the wild is around 10,000. The species — which is the world fastest land animal — is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.
An interview with Dr. Laurie Marker