The Dalai Lama has made an appeal to the world to do more to tackle the climate crisis in a new book published today. A few days ago, also, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical–and accessible–plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe.
The Buddhist leader, who has more than 500 million followers across the world, praised Greta Thunberg and other young climate strikers for leading the charge in calling for tougher measures to tackle global heating.
In his book, he also writes that “Buddha would be green” and he would “certainly be connected to the campaign to protect the environment”.
“Speaking for myself, I have no hesitation in supporting initiatives related to environmental protection, because threats to our environment imperil our very survival,” he writes.
“This beautiful blue planet is our only home. It provides a habitat for unique and diverse communities. Taking care of our planet is to look after our home.”
He also urges his followers to “no longer think about ‘my country’, ‘my people’, ‘us’ and ‘them’”, and instead to come together to protect the environment.
Praising 17-year-old Greta Thunberg, he describes her as the “teenage environmental activist who insists we heed scientists’ warnings and take direction”. He adds that Ms Thunberg inspires him.
“I am encouraged to see young people’s determination to bring about positive change,” he writes.
“More and more people understand that the survival of humanity is at stake. Simply meditating or praying for change is not enough. There has to be action.”
Saving the environment is our collective duty. With each passing day, climate change is causing Pacific islands to disappear into the sea, accelerating the extinction of species at alarming proportions and aggravating a water shortage that has affected the entire European continent. In short, climate change can no longer be denied – it threatens our existence on earth.
In this inspiring new book, Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World, the Dalai Lama, one of the most influential figures of our time, calls on political decision-makers to finally fight against deadlock and ignorance on this issue. He argues that we all need to stand up for a different and more climate-friendly world, and to allow the younger generation to assert their right to regain their future. From the voice of the beloved world religious leader comes this eye-opening manifesto that empowers the generation of today to step up, take action and protect our world.