1987 Laureate, Environment
Enlisting the aid of ancient and powerful ideas to promote contemporary causes is far from new: politicians the world over have successfully used religion for their own purposes. So when Nancy Nash decided to harness some of Buddhism’s fundamental precepts to promote environmental awareness and conservation, she was confident the strategy would succeed. And it has. Ten years after its recognition in the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, the Buddhist Perception of Nature Project has developed and grown, providing hope in a bleak picture of global environmental degradation.
Buddhists in the world
copies in first printing of Tree of Life: Buddhism and Protection of Nature
temples to which Tree of Life has been distributed
year in which Nash was added to the United Nations Environment Programme's Global 500 Roll of Honour.