Putting the Planet and all its Inhabitants first
Celebrating the Majestic leaders working courageously for the healing and replenishment of the planet and all its inhabitants
Linda Tucker - Global White Lion Protection Trust
Linda Tucker has worked with enormous courage and fortitude against all odds to restore the White Lions and Lionesses to their ancestral homelands and reveal them as the luminaries they truly are. Her unusual meeting with the White Lions and Lionesses and her subsequent dedication to their rewilding and protection is documented in her two books: The Mystery of the White Lions (2001), and Saving the White Lions (2013).
"The symbol of the lion, throughout history, throughout cultures, is one pure, radiant symbol and that is leadership, kingship"
In 2002, Linda founded the Global White Lion Protection Trust (WLT), a community-based conservation organization whose objective is the protection of the White Lions and Lionesses, and the preservation of the magnificent cultures of the indigenous Tsonga and Sepedi communities, which celebrate these legendary animals as a cultural and conservation legacy. The White Lion Protection Plan™, to ensure White Lion survival, has included the reintroduction of three separate bloodlines of the highest genetic integrity into their endemic habitat.
She spearheads a healing pathway for humanity - an ecological path of leadership and living in honoring alignment with the planet and all its inhabitants in the true spirit of these majestic beings.
Pope Francis - Laudato Si - 2015
Pope Francis is emerging as one of the most courageous and visionary leaders on the planet. He is spearheading a call for a new form of planetary governance that prioritizes the stewardship of the earth and all its species.
“It is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer and die needlessly. ”
In June 2015 Pope Francis published the Ecclesiastical, Laudato Si, a deeply researched document that has shaken traditional boundaries by bringing together theology and science in addressing the severe threats of global warming. The document offers an extraordinarily integrative meta-perspective on many of the global challenges facing humanity today while outlining healing pathways forward. Pope Francis is deeply critical of ruthless capitalism that causes immense suffering of the poor and of animals and that is responsible for environmental devastation. He is using his role to initiate political awareness and action across the world. He has called for a global day of prayer for the environment to be held on September 1 2015.
Pope Francis "contributes to the crumbling of the old ways as he refuses lifeless, theological ideologies disconnected from the immediacy of heart wisdom." (S. Ostroff, A Testament of Now)
Paul Watson - Sea Shepherd
For 35 years, Captain Paul Watson has been a courageous defender of the oceans, a warrior in words and action who has brought to global awareneness the horrific slaughter of dolphins and whales and his leadership has gained an international following of supporters and volunteers from across the world.
"If the oceans die, we die. We cannot live on this planet with a dead ocean."
His uncompromising stewardship of ocean life often at great risk to himself continues to inspire and catalyse action as he puts himself on the frontlines against the ruthless killers of these exquisite beings.
Paul Watson was a field correspondent for Defenders of Wildlife from 1976 to 1980 and a field representative for the Fund for Animals from 1978 to 1981. In 1977 he established Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS), an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Its mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.
Captain Paul Watson engages his followers with lively reports from the field as he and his team face the challenges and wrath of the sea pirates and institutions that destroy ocean life.
Ricken Patel - Avaaz
Ricken Patel, is the founder of AVAAZ ("voice" or "song" in Persian). He is a leader with a vast vision who, as such, cultivates the leadership of others by giving people across the world a platform to have their voices heard and to take effective action on issues that matter to them.
AVAAZ, was launched in 2007 with the mission to organize citizens of all nations to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people want. It is built on the conviction that as humans we are privileged with responsibilities to each other, to future generations, and to the planet. It has been instrumental in fundamental changes on local and global scales and was recognized in 2012 by the Guardian as being the globe's most largest and most powerful online activist network.
AVAAZ empowers millions of people from all walks of life to take action on pressing global, regional and national issues, from corruption and poverty to conflict and climate change. It enables people to initiate and sign petitions on issues that matter. The model of internet organising allows individual efforts, however small, to be rapidly combined into a powerful collective force.
The AVAAZ community of over 40 million people worldwide campaigns in 15 languages and is served by a core team on 6 continents with thousands of volunteers. The team and volunteers' action includes signing petitions, funding media campaigns and direct actions, emailing, calling and lobbying governments, and organizing "offline" protests and events -- to ensure that the views and values of the world's people inform the decisions that affect us all.
AVAAZ has already been a powerful instrument of change, enhancing the life of people and animals and protecting environment. The world has Ricken Patel to thank for this.
Jane Goodall - The Jane Goodall institute
Jane Goodall is a globally loved and renowned conservationist best known for her groundbreaking work with Chimpanzees. Today at the age of 81 she has taken the role of UN messenger of peace and continues to inspire the world with her grace, wisdom and unrelenting work on behalf of animals, people and the environment. She is a vegetarian and advocates the diet for ethical, environmental, and health reasons.
"The greatest danger to our future is apathy. Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.
The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves."
Jane Goodall led a trailblazing studies of primates when she dwelled with Tanzanian chimps to observe their behavior. She developed a close bond with the chimpanzees and became to this day, the only human ever accepted into chimpanzee society.
In 1977, Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), which supports the Gombe research, and she is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. With nineteen offices around the world, the JGI is widely recognised for innovative, community-centred conservation and development programs in Africa. Its global youth program, Roots & Shoots began in 1991 when a group of 16 local teenagers met with Goodall on her back porch in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden is set in a forested reserve between Nelspruit and Barberton. It has brought hope, peace and some degree of normality to dozens of traumatised chimpanzees from all over Africa.
Xiuhtezcatl was raised in the Aztec tradition. His father taught him that as Indigenous people, they are descendants of the original caretakers of the land– the original activists before that word even existed. He has been on the frontlines of climate activism since he was six years old.
Now, as a 15-year-old indigenous environmental activist, public speaker, eco hip-hop artist, and the Youth Director of Earth Guardians –
Xiuhtezcatl is a powerful voice on the front lines of the youth-led climate movement. He performs internationally at music festivals, organizes demonstrations, and has spoken at over 100 high-impact rallies, events and conferences around the globe. He and his brother, Itzcuauhtli, regularly give school presentations to ignite and inspire youth to step up as leaders and take action on behalf of the planet
Xiuhtezcatl has already received many awards for his activism. In 2012, he spoke at the RIO+20 United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He travels and initiates international Earth Guardian crews around the globe to fulfill the Earth Guardians mission with crews in Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Mexico, and Brazil.
Xiuhtezcatl is also a piano composer and has recorded his first album, "Journey." and he writes and performs original message-driven rap music to inspire and educate his peers through performances.
The One Green Planet Team
"The earth needs a media company that’s really got its back!"
One Green Planet is a vibrant platform for the growing compassionate and eco-conscious generation. It was launched in 2013, by a creative team with the goal of redefining "green," and offering exciting, accessible information about ecological living.
Their goal is to help create a world where we eat delicious food and use amazing products that provide us with maximum benefit and have minimum impact on the planet.
They focus on Informing consumers about the downstream environmental impacts of their lifestyle habits and providing tools and resources that empower them to make better choices.
They support companies that are reimagining products and entire industries to be more sustainable.
One Green Planet uses the power of online media, grassroots activism, outreach, and partnerships to shape people, animal and planet-friendly policies.
With over 6 million monthly visitors, One Green Planet is the fastest growing and largest! independent publishing platform focused on sustainable food, animal welfare issues, environmental protection, and cruelty-free/green living. They are also the biggest vegan/plant-based food and recipe site on the Internet.
The Pachamama Alliance Team
Weaving indigenous wisdom and modern knowledge for a thriving, just, and sustainable world.
The Pachamama Alliance was born out of an invitation from the Achuar people of Equador to work in partnership with them to preserve their land and culture while bringing forth a new worldview that honors and sustains life.
The Pachamama Alliance is an organisation that works on multiple levels including the spiritual, scientific, economic, social, emotional, legal, ecological, individual, local, national, inter-national. The global work of the Pachamama Alliance works—via the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium and Game Changer Intensive online course—to change the dream of the modern world, working at both a personal and macro level.
The mission of the alliance is to empower indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture and, using insights gained from that work, to educate and inspire individuals everywhere to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world.
It is dedicated to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet.
The Alliance works to generate and engage people everywhere in transformational conversations and experiences consistent with this purpose. It offers a variety of learning materials and experiences including journeys to the Amazon. The Alliance works with "commitment to transforming human systems and structures that separate us, and to transforming our relationships with ourselves, with one another, and with the natural world."