- The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet has been talking up environmental protection since he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
- He has said that he considers environmental issues to be among the key challenges facing humanity today.
- The U.K. Environment Agency named him one of the top 100 green campaigners of all time last year.
- The Dalai Lama is offsetting emissions generated by his most recent world tour, and at many of the stops he's stressing the importance of kindness to the planet. He has been outspoken about protecting forests and wildlife and controlling the spread of nuclear power. He calls a clean environment a basic human right, and declares, "It is therefore part of our responsibility towards others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it."