Dalai Lama: Thoughts on the Wildlife and the Planet

When you google “Dalai Lama” and “Climate change”, you may find a significant number of articles where a famous Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader is seriously concerned about climate change and every time calls for action.

In far 2009 in Sydney, the Dalai Lama urged the Australian government to deal with climate changes in the most efficient ways. He publicly gave his own example of how every person can contribute to preventing the catastrophe — the Dalai Lama doesn’t take a bath, only shower, and always switches off the light when he leaves the room. Simple steps can make magic — it’s what he wanted to convey to the audience and government.

Another step that Dalai Lama took towards saving the world is a public announcement that the Chinese government has to give the Tibetan people autonomy over their land.

Being born in Tibet, it’s not a surprise that he would struggle for this land and its successful future. The spiritual leader explains that he spent all his childhood walking through the broad river shores and observing the beauty of the world’s highest peaks. That’s why he loves nature so much and is so concerned about climate change.

But what is happening to Tibet that Dalai Lama must have turned to the whole world to raise their concern? Long ago, China conquered Tibet and now its glacier is quickly melting. What China does is simply making money on bottled water production and building dams and mines.

And it’s not the last thing this influential man does to save the world. In 2020, Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader impelled spokesmen from the G7 group of industrially developed countries to become more aware of the current climate situation.

In his video message, he noted that climate changes affect different people differently — the rich don’t even feel it while the poor suffer from constant floods that destroy their homes and draughts that make them starve.

The Dalai Lama wrote: “Experts tell us that human beings are responsible for global warming and the change in weather conditions. We human beings have a responsibility to reduce problems that we have caused, and finally to eliminate them.

For his significant commitment to the environment, he was awarded the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize. Taking care of the environment should be a part of everyone’s life — it’s the core idea of his every speech. And what is your opinion?

Anna Andrukh

Anna Andrukh