National Geographic

Further Award

By the year 2050, nine billion people will inhabit our planet. That may seem daunting, considering all the challenges we already face. But inertia is not an option. Now is the time to harness our creativity as well as our humanity. To find solutions to problems that may sometimes seem intractable, we have to go further. The National Geographic Further Award recognizes a leader whose work is uniquely innovative, timely, and impactful—someone who has boldly pushed the boundaries of his or her field, and who serves as an outstanding ambassador for that breakthrough work.

2018 Awardee

Ma Jun

A renowned environmentalist who is igniting critical conversations—and change—across China, Ma Jun is a director at one of China’s most dynamic environmental NGOs, the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs. This influential organization developed the first public database of water pollution information in China, and brought together a coalition of Chinese NGOs to promote a global green supply chain by pushing large corporations to focus on the environmental performance of their suppliers. His 1999 book, China’s Water Crisis, was China’s first major book on the subject of that nation’s environmental issues. In 2006, Time magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.