The Earth Is Our Only Home!
The Importance of Environmental Protection & Practical Steps to Support It By Ven. Jampa
Since the second half of the 20thcentury, the results of environmental destruction and the exploitationof natural resources have become increasingly obvious. Now, 7 billion people are sharing this planet, and scientists predict that the population will increase to 10 billion people in this century. However, we already face difficulties with dwindling natural resources and environmentalpollution. There is growing evidence that somenatural disastersaredue to our behavior. We already face tremendous changes caused by carbon emissions and deforestation. Glaciers are melting, and sea levels rise continuously. Our hunger for more gas, oil and water even induced earthquakes.These 1 are enough experiences to wake us up!
H. H. the14thDalai Lama (the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists) and H.H. the 17thKarmapa Urgyen Trinley Dorje(the spiritual guide of theTibetanKagyu tradition)are strong advocates for environmental protection. Vietnamese Master Thich Nhat Hanh is also very active in this regard, only to mention a few spiritual leaders who are engaged in environmental protection. H. H. the Dalai Lama mentioned at the Environmental Summit in Portland in May 2013 that hisstrong commitment to environmental protection started more than 20 years ago. In 1992 the Dalai Lama attended the first environmental conference in Rio de Janeiro and spoke about his views on universal responsibility. One year later, he was invited to an international conference, “Ecological Responsibility –a Dialogue with Buddhism” in New Delhi, India. Prominent Buddhist teachers and scientists attended this conference. As a result theypublished a public appeal entitled, “For Our Universal Responsibility.” Many talks and articles by H. H. the DalaiLama about this topic followedand are now published in 2
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