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  • 22 Apr, 2022
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'I am committed to speaking out for the protection of Tibet’s fragile environment': H.H the Dalai Lama


Dharamsala: In his message for Earth Day 2022, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama emphasized that the threat of climate change is not limited by national boundaries and that human beings must work to protect nature and the planet, “which is our only home”.

“On Earth Day 2022, let us remember that everybody wants to live a happy life. Not only human beings, but animals, birds and insects too. All of us should be concerned about our collective existence. As human beings our marvellous brains provide us with remarkable opportunities to do good, but if we look at how the world is today, we should be able to do better. We need a more holistic education, an education that incorporates inner values, such as a compassionate concern for others’ well-being”, the statement read.

He stressed on the need to take urgent steps to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and to adopt renewable sources of energy such as those that rely on the wind and the power of the sun. He added that we must pay attention to deforestation and protect the environment better.

Expressing his concern on the decline in snowfall in Tibet, Dalai Lama remarked that according to studies, there is a risk of places like Tibet eventually becoming deserts.

Dalai Lama reiterated his belief in the power of hope and optimism for protection of environment. “Although nothing about the future can be guaranteed, we remain hopeful, which is much better than being pessimistic” , he said.

Read the full statement here.

By Team TRC

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