The former chairman and executive director of the Sierra Club, Carl Pope, received the Lillian Gordy Carter Award for his service to India at the gala celebration on Friday, March 27, of the opening of the American India Foundation‘s Atlanta office.
Mr. Pope served with the Sierra Club for 36 years, including 17 years as executive director during which time he spearheaded campaigns that led to the defeat or withdrawal of 150 proposed new coal-fired power plants and began the process of replacing or retiring polluting facilities.
Among his activities at the Sierra Club where he served in many positions, he helped protect nearly 10 million acres of wilderness in the United States.
Most recently, Mr. Pope has been a supporter of the environmental efforts of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for India to recognize the public health costs of continuing to rely primarily on coal for its electricity. Mr. Bloomberg currently is the U.N. Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.
Mr. Pope serves on the U.S. Advisory Council of the American India Foundation, among numerous other boards of environmental and labor organizations.
Like Mrs. Carter, Mr. Pope served as a Peace Corps volunteer in India. He was stationed in Barhi, Bihar from 1967-69 where he worked on human and environmental problems linked to overpopulation. He is the author of several books dealing with human and environmental issues including one titled Sahib, an American Misadventure in India.
Mrs. Carter, the mother of former President Jimmy Carter, joined the Peace Corps in 1966 at the age of 68 at Godrej Colony 30 miles from Mumbai where she served for 21 months helping patients with leprosy and conducting other health-related work. Her book about her experiences in India, Away from Home: Letters to My Family, was published in 1977.
Emory University established the Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing in honor of the work she did in India and has been renamed the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility.