President Shimon Peres said, Sunday evening that, "The 21st century opened with the risk for the survival of earth flashing red lights: again it's out of time. It must end this deadly vicious circle. Environmental awareness is a matter of sustainability. To the earth and those that live on it. We are beginnig to understand that protection of the environment is the protection of our lives: the air we breathe, the water we drink, the bread we eat, [and] the blood that flows in our veins."
Addressing eight individual, governmental and corporate winners of awards for environmental excellence at a ceremony in the Presidential Residence, Peres continued, "You, the award winners, succeeded to understand the urgency of the issue, how critical it is, its daily growing severity, which threatens our tomorrow." He concluded, "Continue cut green paths for the blue future of our children."