15 Green Spiritual Leaders
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I
Winning the U.S. Congregational Gold Medal and Sophie Prize, this leader of the Orthodox Christian Church also makes a profound impact in environmental protection. Claiming, "Crime against the natural world is a sin," Bartholomew I brings leaders in science, journalism, and politics together to address environmental concerns, particularly that of marine preservation. Sometimes called "The Green Patriarch", he strives "Even if we are ignorant of the harm we cause...to diminish His divine creation."