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
Pope Francis is a global leader who embodies and calls for a new form of planetary governance that cares for the vulnerable and prioritizes the stewardship of the earth and all its species.
Dalai Lama a globally beloved leader and teacher promotes the fostering of inter-religious harmony & the preservation of peace, happiness and non-violence.
Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu campaigns relentlessly on behalf of the oppressed. He uses his role to call for compassion not only for humans but for all of God's creatures.
Bishop Geoff Davies initiated the Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute that promotes caring for people and the planet as a moral issue which he believes should be firmly on the agenda of every faith community.
Celebrity Activists and Philanthropists
Leonardo Di Caprio, established his LDF foundation in 1998 with the mission of protecting the world’s last wild places and help restore balance to threatened ecosystems, ensuring the long-term health and well-being of all Earth’s inhabitants.
Joaquin Phoenix Widely known for his animal rights advacy. He became a vegan when he was 3. He is a member of In Defense of Animals and PETA and has actively campaigned for both. He narrated Earthlings (2005)
Angelina Joli is a devoted humanitarian and was made a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency in 2001. She purchased Over 120,000 Acres In Cambodia to create a wild life reserve.
Paul Mcartney has strongly advocated on behalf of helpless animals since the 1970s. He actively supports various animal rights campaigns, and uses his fame and music to convey strong messages against animal abuse.
Bono is active in fighting poverty and hunger, and is constantly in contact with world leaders and policy makers in his work to make the world a better place. Bono was knighted in 2007 and has received 3 nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Ellen Degeneres is well known for her generosity to a range of different humanitarian and animal charities. Her popular TV comedy talk show constantly promotes kindness and generosity as core values.
Betty White is an outspoken animal activist and philanthropist who has devoted much of her life to trying to improve the lives of animals including putting animals first on her 91st birthday asking fans to donate to animal foundations.
Pamela Anderson a long time activist recently launched the Pamela Anderson Foundation -- a nonprofit devoted to advancing human, environmental and animal rights, which she emphasizes are all connected.
Bob Geldof has received many awards for his fund-raising, and social justice and anti-poverty effortse especially in Africa. In 1984 he co-founded the charity Band Aid.
Ricky Gervais is a strong advocate of animal rights. He has spoken out against fox hunting and bullfighting, urges to end the use of black bear fur. He was named Person of the Year by PETA for his selfless work on curbing animal abuse.
Woody Harrelson is a passionate environmental and animal activist, ethical vegan and raw foodist. His company, Prairie Paper Ventures makes paper from crop waste instead of trees.
Robert Redford engages on a wide range activism. The Redford center is passionate about transforming social and environmental issues into relatable stories, films, and campaigns that inspire positive change.
Morrissey is a strong advocate for animal rights and veganism and supporter of PETA. In recognition of his support, PETA honoured him with the Linda McCartney Memorial Award
Bridget Bardot an animal rights activist, established the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals.
Authors, Journalists and Filmmakers
David Suzuki, co-Founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. He is renowned for his media programs that explain the natural sciences in a compelling, easily understood way.
David Attenbourough has inspired the love of nature among global audiences through educative films. His environmental activism includes a campaign to have 220,000 square of Borneo's rainforest made a protected area.
Naomi Klein is a journalist who has drawn global attention to "disaster capitalism" and its psychological manipulation of the public in order to profits off crises. She campaigns for an overhaul of the global financial system to tackle climate change.
George Monbiot is known for his environmental and political activism. His systemic environmental approach has contributed to understanding the essential contribution of rewilding of animals to the healing of the planetary ecosystem.
Peter Joseph is an independent filmmaker and activist. He is founder of the The Zeitgeist Movement, an international sustainability advocacy organization which urges a global transition to a "Natural Law/Resource Based Economy".
Vandana Shiva is an environmental activist and anti-globalization author. She founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in Dehra Dun to address significant ecological and social issues of our times.
Starhawk Starhawk is the author of 12 books on earth-based spirituality and activism. She also works as an activist within the peace movement, women's movement, environmental movement, and anti-globalization movement.
Chief Raoni - International Ambassador for the preservation of the forest and Amazonian people's culture. He leads a fight against the construction of the Belo Monte Dam a disastrous strategy for the environment
International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers - is an international alliance of indigenous female elders that focuses on issues such as the environment, internationalism, and human rights.
Chief Oren Lyons is a Native-American Indigenous Rights Advocate and Environmental Activist and Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan Onondaga who also works to foster dialogue about traditional tribal values
Lakota Chief Arvol Lookinghorse chief and spiritual leader of all three branches of the Sioux tribe seeks to unite the global community through a message from our sacred ceremonies to unite spiritually, each in our own ways of beliefs in the Creator."
Malala is an activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women
Genesis Butler - "My name is Genesis and I am a proud vegan child. I started my vegan journey at the age of 4.
I am 8 years old and I am an animal activist and vegan."
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez - A 15-year-old indigenous environmental activist, eco hip-hop artist, and Youth Director of Earth Guardians– Xiuhtezcatl is a powerful voice on the front lines of the youth-led climate movement. See more...
Linda Tucker - Global White Lion Protection Trust
"The symbol of the lion, throughout history, throughout cultures, is one pure, radiant symbol and that is leadership, kingship"
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).
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.
Global Activists and Paradigm Changers
Linda Tucker is founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust (WLT), that works to restore the White Lions and Lionesses to their ancestral lands. The work of WLT has inspired the Majestic Leadership Campaign. see more...
Captain Paul Watson is a courageous leader in defending the oceans. He created Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a direct action group focused on marine conservation. See more ...
Jane Goodall is a globally loved inspirational 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 See more...
Daphne Sheldrick is co-founder of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. She is a passionate conservationist who has dedicated herself to raising and reintegrating orphaned elephants into the wild for over 30 years.
Peter Singer is a moral philosopher who has contributed to developing the ethics of investing in the larger good. An animals right advocate - he coined the term speceism to refer to the unethical prejudice against animals and their welfare.
Ricken Patel is founding President and Executive Director of Avaaz, a leading global civic organization with the world’s largest online activist community that includes over 40 million subscribers. See more...
Annie Leonard is a tireless fighter for the environment and creator of The Story of Stuff Project, which works to empower people around the globe to fight for a more sustainable and just future.
Paul Watson - Sea Shepherd
"If the oceans die, we die. We cannot live on this planet with a dead ocean."
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.
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.
Pope Francis - Laudato Si - 2015
“It is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer and die needlessly. ”
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. 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)
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.
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.
Leadership Teams of Organizations Making a Difference
Greenpeace Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation, which uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force the solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future.
AVAAZ - Avaaz is a global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere. Its mission is organize citizens of all nations to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want.
One Green Planet is an inspiring, vibrant online guide to making conscious choices that help people, animals and the planet. It promotes eco-consciousness by offering exciting, accessible information about ecological living. See more ...
UNIFY organizes and supports global meditations and synchronised social action to create a living demonstration of our underlying unity and an Emerging Planetary Culture which embraces the interdependence and well-being of all.
Earth Justice fights for the right of all to a healthy environment. Using law and partnerships it takes on critical environmental issues and bring about positive change. It exist "because the Earth needs a good lawyer."
Women Seeding Change is a global network of women working to accelerate the greening of our planet, reforest the tropics and reinstate the value of the feminine, so that women and the planet are respected and protected as the norm.
Pachamama Alliance inspired by the Achuar of Equador works with indigeneous people to raise conciousness and bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. See more ...
Good was founded as a magazine in 2006 to shine a light on a budding cultural movement of pragmatic idealists working towards individual and collective progress and has become a vibrant virtual platform and community for doing GOOD.
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."