Waterkeeper Alliance Names Gyalwang Drukpa "Guardian of the Himalayas"

Sep 25, 2013, 14:26 ET from Live to Love

NEW YORK and NEW DELHI, September 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Waterkeeper Alliance has named The Gyalwang Drukpa, founder and patron of Live to Love International and spiritual head of the Drukpa Buddhists, the 'Guardian of the Himalayas'. This honour was bestowed on the Gyalwang Drukpa and Live to Love for their water conservation and awareness efforts in New York.

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Waterkeeper Alliance (founded in 1999 by environmental lawyer Robert F Kennedy Jr. and several Waterkeeper organizations,  http://www.waterkeeper.org/) is committed to grassroots advocacy and an unfaltering belief that everyone has a right to clean water. It collaborates with like-minded organisations across the world and provides a way for communities to stand up for their right to clean water and for the wise and equitable use of water resources, both locally and globally.

Live to Love, under the guidance and patronage of the Gyalwang Drukpa, has been engaged in creating grassroots-level awareness on water conservation and glacier preservation. In 2010, Live to Love had created a Guinness World Record for most trees planted in one hour by planting over 66,000 trees under harsh conditions in Leh, India. In 2012, Live to Love broke their 2010 Guinness World Record by planting 99,103 trees. This was done as an environmental initiative to hold the soil together, create and catalyse water retention, and stop landslides and soil erosion.

Speaking of the Waterkeeper Alliance honour, the Gyalwang Drukpa said, "Live to Love is committed to preserving the environment and creating a sustainable ecological system that ensures that we give back to the nature from which we continue to draw incessantly. With global recognition and support like these, we will continue to do our small bit towards preserving the planet for our future generations."

Images of the Awards ceremony are available at this link: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-6vv782JslHQ00yWTFXWVp5b3c/edit?usp=sharing

About Live to Love

Live To Love, a global humanitarian initiative founded by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Award winning philanthropist, the Gyalwang Drukpa, focuses on 5 directions to improve the world: Education, Medical Services, Relief Aid, Heritage Preservation and Environmental Sustainability. It supports regional activities in Brazil, France, Germany, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, , Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Live to Love has been at the forefront of various initiatives

  • Ashoka Stupa restoration in Nangchen, China in July 2012
  • Ladakh International Film Festival in June 2012
  • 5 yearly Pad Yatras since 2006 to promote environment awareness
  • The 2nd Guinness World Record for "Most Trees Planted Simultaneously" in 2012 for planting 99,103 trees in 55 minutes
  • The first Guinness World Record for "Most Trees Planted Simultaneously" in 2010 for planting 55,000 trees
  • Relief mission to Ladakh post flash floods in August 2010
  • Relief mission to China's Yushu region post earthquake in April 2010

More about Live to Love at http://www.LiveToLove.org

For further information, please contact:

Swati Jain, communications@drukpa.com, +91-9910734054

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