Allan Savory

A former wildlife biologist, farmer, and politician, Zimbabwean-born Allan Savory made a significant breakthrough in the 1960s in understanding what was causing the degradation and desertification of the world’s grassland ecosystems and worked with farmers, eventually on four continents, to develop sustainable solutions. In 2009 he cofounded the Savory Institute in Boulder, Colorado, to promote large-scale restoration of the world’s grasslands through Holistic Management. In 2003 he was awarded Australia’s International Banksia Award for the “person doing the most for the environment on a global scale,” and in 2010 he won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge for work that has “significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems.”