Buddhist monk ordains trees to help the environment

BBC, 2 March 2015

A Buddhist monk from north-east Thailand is so worried about the environment that he has been ordaining trees for 25 years.

Since 1990 Phrakru Pitak Nanthakthun has been leading ceremonies to dress trees in orange robes as a way of convincing people that they should be viewed as sacred.

He believes the symbolic act can help prevent the logging and deforestation that plague his home province of Nan.

And people are taking notice, as Phrakru Pitak Nanthakthun has started a movement that is spreading across south-east Asia.