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His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa Honored by the United Nations

Monday 27 September 2010

On 19th September 2010, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, founder of Live To Love, a new world-wide charity specializing in building the world’s most advanced eco-friendly schools and teaching young women leadership skills, received the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Award for those efforts.

The annual MDG Awards provide a platform to raise awareness about the critical work of the United Nations and honor and celebrate the exceptional work of select national governments and individuals contributing to the achievement of the MDGs around the world.

“I am deeply honored by this award,” His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa said. “I am always very happy and thrilled to see young people doing positive things together. Our Druk White Lotus School in the Himalayas – the most eco friendly school in Asia — is an amazing example of this. The Live To Love programs that the United Nations has recognized give me great hope for tomorrow.”

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Guiness record for most Number of trees planted

October 2010

People of Ladakh, monks, nuns and members of Live to Love foundation, led by His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa created a new Guinness world record by planting 50033 saplings in 33min and 25 secs. The Monks, Nuns, members of Young Drukpa Association (YDA) and the people of Ladakh took part in this historic activity covering an area of 224 Kanal. The representative of Guinness world record was also present on the occasion to monitor the record.

The trees planted during the drive comprised of Ladakh Willow, which is native to the region. This plantation across Leh is a part of initiative to conserve the environment in the region and is in sync with various other environmental initiatives undertaken by Drukpa lineage in the recent past.

The earlier record was set by Peru in June 2010 wherein they planted 27,166 saplings in 1hour by 8000 participants.

Commenting on the momentous occasion, His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa, Head of Drukpa Lineage and Live To Love Initiatives “It is a momentous day for all of us at Drukpa lineage and especially for the people of Ladakh. Our efforts have always been focused to conserve the environment of Leh and an attempt to strike a green balance in the most difficult terrain In the Himalayas. I urge that this drive along with the people of Leh will spur several such initiatives and will pray for a cleaner, greener India.”

The task was accomplished by over 9313 Monks, Nuns along with members of Young Drukpa Association and the people of Ladakh, which was also supervised by Guinness representative.

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