AUGSBURG, Germany, October 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The German Environmental Award of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU Osnabruck) has been conferred for the 17th time. The 500,000-euro prize, the most lucrative environmental award in Europe, is being shared in 2009 by the entrepreneurs Petra Bultmann-Steffin (39, Neuenrade) and Dr. Carsten Buhrer (39, Rheinbach), scientist Prof. Bo Barker Jorgensen (63, Bremen) and the honorary chair of the Bund fur Umwelt- und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND), Dr. Angelika Zahrnt (65, Neckargemund). At the award ceremony in the Kongresshalle in Augsburg today, German President Horst Kohler stressed that the prize-winners in 2009 exemplified three key areas that would be decisive over the next few decades: science, technology and economic change. Kohler: We are on the threshold of a new era dominated by concerns of ecology and sustainability. Today we are laying the foundations for our well being tomorrow. Countries can no longer look after their own fortunes at the cost of others; they all have to bear in mind the equilibrium of the world. I very much hope that the delegations that will meet at the global climate conference in Copenhagen at the start of December are aware of this responsibility.

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