This profile was prepared when Sabina Pieruzek-Nowak was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1999.
The New Idea
Rather than blindly condemn those who illegally hunt wolves and other predators, Sabina tries to establish common ground for cooperation among farmers, foresters, hunters, householders, government officials, and the community at large. She avoids the sort of accusatory environmental rhetoric that irritates and alienates the very audience it aims to persuade. Sabina makes a dispassionate assessment of why hunters, farmers, and others are killing natural predators, and then finds an alternative that enables human beings and predators to coexist. By its focused effort on Poland's gray wolf population, Sabina's organization, Association for Nature WOLF, has demonstrated how to change fear and anger into solutions and support. It seeks to transform local communities in areas which are most adversely affected by natural predators into committed advocates for wolves as well as for broader environmental aims.