We thank the followingand those unknown persons, groups,agencies, organizations and governments for their loving and selfless actions that bring meaningful comfort and assistance to others.May your lives be graced by the Divine with evermore joy and fulfilling reward.
|Omid Abolghasem, Iran |
Vegetarian Taekwondo master Omid Abolghasem advocates a plant-based lifestyle for improved strength and endurance.
The US government loans billions to major automakers for developing greener vehicles.
|President Funes, El Salvador |
El Salvador’s President Funes allocates US$158.5 million to education.
|China’s Ministry of Finance |
China’s Ministry of Finance sets aside US$87.8 million to subsidize energy-saving light bulbs.
|National Health Service Sheffield, UK |
The National Health Service Sheffield funds €5.7 million each to nine regions in the UK for a free fruit and vegetable food program for students.
|Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa |
Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa inaugurates a US$33 million program to eliminate malnutrition and assists disadvantaged children.
|Scandinavian Biogas Fuels, Sweden |
Sweden-based Scandinavian Biogas Fuels will invest US$13.8 million to improve wastewater treatment plant in South Korea.
|National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), USA |
NASA allocates US$8 million to fund educational projects addressing climate change.
Tibet allocates US$5.5 million to restore and protect the ecology on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
|France and Egypt |
France and Egypt collaborate for scientific research and training with a shared funding of US$2.3 million annually.
|Australian business leaders |
Australian business leaders in Sydney sleep outdoors and raise over US$400,000 for the homeless.
|Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) |
Taiwan Power Company raises funds and donates US$45,000 to help disadvantaged.
|Emily Blake and family, USA |
American teenager Emily Blake and her family in Georgia raise more than US$40,000 for a wellness program in a Kenyan village.
|World Bank, Greenpeace |
The World Bank revokes US$90 million in financing to a Brazilian beef producer after Greenpeace linked it to illegal deforestation.
Cyprus dismantles 324 anti-aircraft missiles.
|California’s Senators, USA |
More than half of California’s senators reduce their salaries to help the state’s economic recovery.
|El Salvador |
El Salvador provides senior citizens in need with food and basic necessities.
|Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) |
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation funds research worldwide leading to a cure for type 1 diabetes.
|Israeli President Shimon Peres |
Israeli President Shimon Peres calls for a two-state solution to establish harmony between Israelis and Palestinians.
|China, European Union, and other countries |
Countries around the world launched campaigns on World No Smoking Day.
|Ministry of Environment, Peru |
Peru’s Ministry of Environment will pay indigenous forest inhabitants to protect the rainforest.
|The UN Office for Outer Space Affairs |
The UN Office for Outer Space Affairs offers free access to satellite imagery to help in addressing climate change.
Japan ratifies the Oslo Treaty banning cluster munitions.
|Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) |
The Sudan People’s Liberation Army relinquishes its weapons.
|Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), Red Hand Commando, and Ulster Defense Association (UDA) |
Irish groups Ulster Volunteer Force, Red Hand Commando, and Ulster Defense Association dispose of their weapons.
Morocco is commended for bridging democracy and religion, advocating cultural acceptance, and for her representation of women in politics.
|President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil |
Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva announces plans to pay small farmers to reforest the Amazon.
|Goa, India |
Goa, India, offers subsidies to rainwater harvesters.
|Premier Nathan Rees, Australia |
New South Wales Premier Nathan Rees sponsors legislation for a 12-month ban on new alcohol licenses.
|New York, USA |
New York announces 350,000 fewer smokers than in 2002.
Israel launches a hybrid solar power plant in Kibbutz Samar.
|Member of Parliament Sue Kedgley, New Zealand |
New Zealand Member of Parliament Sue Kedgely promotes the awareness of the plight of farmed animals.
|President Ben Ali , Tunisia |
Tunisian President Ben Ali calls for a global partnership of cooperation.
|Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II |
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has designated an area for the cultivation of organic vegetables.
|March Against Hunger’s participants |
Thousands of people in over 80 countries participate in the March Against Hunger.
US discount chain Costco will no longer sell foie gras.
|Green Bird Squad, Japan |
The Green Bird Squad cleans up famous sites in Japanese and European cities.
|Peru’s Congress |
Peru’s Congress votes to rescind two laws, thus ensuring the protection of Amazonian lands inhabited by indigenous peoples.
|The Dutch Ministry of Justice |
The Dutch Ministry of Justice is converting prisons to shelters for asylum seekers.
|His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa, Swami Ramdev Ji of the Patanjali Yogpeeth, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and Indian spiritual practitioners |
Spiritual leaders and practitioners in India participate in various environmental protection initiatives.
|European Parliament members |
European Parliament members give increasing consideration to promoting less meat and a tax on meat for environmental preservation.
A Greenpeace report results in supermarkets’ refusal to sell beef from illegally-felled Amazon and a Brazilian federal lawsuit against the cattle industry.
|United Nations |
A United Nations initiative to plant trees has reached the 4 billion mark.
|Symphony Environment Technologies & i-plas |
UK firms Symphony Environment Technologies & i-plas develop a biodegradable plastic.
|The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Global Warming and Climate Change (OPACC) |
The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Global Warming and Climate Change in the Philippines advises farmers to compost garbage for soil enrichment.
|Peru’s Congress |
Peru’s Congress indefinitely suspends a decree that would have allowed more Amazonian deforestation, mining, and agriculture.
|First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, Californian volunteers |
First Lady Michelle Obama launches the “United We Serve” campaign announced by US President Barack Obama joined by hundreds of Californian volunteers in fixing up a school playground and garden.
|Ireland’s Department of Agriculture and farmers |
Farmers applying for organic certification increase by 80% in Ireland.
Australian website 300.org calls for climate emergency action by reducing emissions to 300 parts per million.
|Tyler Eagen, USA |
Six-year-old Tyler Eagen of Missouri, USA, saves his family and animal companion from a house fire.
|Tsai Ching-yu, Formosa (Taiwan) |
First grade student Tsai Ching-yu of Taichung City donates money earned from chores for disadvantaged students.
|Ground-Up Initiative, Singapore |
Professional workers create Ground-Up Initiative, an urban farm where they grow their own produce.
|Pew Center |
US-based Pew Center launches an online resource to evaluate and compare greenhouse gas emission reduction technologies.
|Frito-Lay and TerraCycle |
US firms Frito-Lay and TerraCycle launch an eco-friendly plan to transform bags into useable items.
|US First Lady Michelle Obama and Bancroft Elementary School students |
US First Lady Michelle Obama and Bancroft Elementary School students harvest vegetables from the White House’s organic garden.
|Tainan, Formosa (Taiwan) |
Tainan, Formosa (Taiwan) launches a vegetarian school meal program to lower carbon emissions.
|American celebrities, The End of the Line and Food Inc. |
American celebrities raise awareness about the link between food and the environment through movies such as The End of the Line and Food Inc.
|Barry Paraskeva |
British surgeon Barry Paraskeva develops a scar-free surgical method.
|France’s First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and US First Lady Michelle Obama |
First Ladies Carla Bruni-Sarkozy of France and Michelle Obama of the US confirm they do not wear animal fur.
|Residents of Runduma Island, Indonesia |
Runduma Island residents protect endangered turtles.
|Mike King, New Zealand |
Comedian Mike King, a former pork industry spokesperson, now campaigns against cruel pig farming practices.
|Lipton and National Geographic |
Tea manufacturer Lipton partners with National Geographic to create a website about the sustainable and social aspects of tea farming.
|Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and David Rockefeller |
American philanthropists Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and David Rockefeller discuss ways to help the world through education and emergency relief.
|Queen Sofia |
Spain’s Queen Sofia took a US$42 roundtrip budget flight from her country to England.
|Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center workers |
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center workers in the USA gave up pay raises to save co-workers’ jobs.
|Director/producer Robber Kenner |
The documentary Food, Inc. reveals harmful environmental and health effects of agribusiness and factory farming.
|Australian Environment Minister Peter Garrett |
Australian Environment Minister Peter Garrett announces plans to increase protected land areas by 25%.
|Mark Raygan Garcia and Center for Tropical Conservation Studies, the Philippines |
Mark Raygan Garcia of the Center for Tropical Conservation Studies at Silliman University in the Philippines organizes a letter writing activity from school children to animals.
|Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce |
US authors Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce release a new book that shows the sentient nature of animals.
|Christopher Swain, USA |
American Christopher Swain swims 1000 miles in the Atlantic Ocean to bring attention to the danger of excessive CO2 absorption due to global warming.
|The British Heart Foundation |
The British Heart Foundation recommends programs to help smokers quit.
|POLLI-Bricks, Formosa (Taiwan) |
Made from recycled tea bottles in Formosa (Taiwan) POLLI-Bricks can be used for building construction.
|Hong Kong stores |
Hong Kong stores will charge a 50-cent levy for each plastic shopping bag.
|Rabbi Zalman Lewis, Shterna Lewis |
Rabbi Lewis and Shterna Lewis host a vegan Sabbath dinner in Brighton, England.
|Riley the bulldog, USA |
Riley the bulldog in New Jersey, USA, alerts his human family to a fire and leads them across the street before the house explodes.