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Earth Day 2022: Reduce reliance on fossil fuels, says Dalai Lama

We need a more holistic education, an education that incorporates inner values, such as a compassionate concern for others' well-being: Dalai Lama

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IANS  |  Dharamsala 

Dalai Lama
We need a more holistic education, an education that incorporates inner values, such as a compassionate concern for others' well-being: Dalai Lama

Advocating the need to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and to adopt of energy, globetrotting Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in a message to mark said not only human beings, but animals, birds and insects too want to live a happy life.

"On 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," the Nobel Peace Laureate said on Friday.

"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 elderly Buddhist monk said, "Our world is heavily interdependent. New challenges, like the climate crisis that affect us all, as well as our participation in the global economy, mean that we must take the whole of humanity into account. We have to put the global interest first.

"We need to take urgent steps to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and to adopt of energy such as those that rely on the wind and the power of the sun.

"We must pay attention to deforestation and protect the better. We have to plant and care for more trees. In my own life I have witnessed the decline in snowfall, first in Tibet and later in Dharamsala.

"Indeed, some scientists have told me that there is a risk of places like Tibet eventually becoming deserts. That is why I am committed to speaking out for the protection of Tibet's fragile .

"Our life is based on hope, a desire for things to turn out well. Hope is concerned with the future. Although nothing about the future can be guaranteed, we remain hopeful, which is much better than being pessimistic.

"Even as global warming increases in intensity, many young people in particular are working together to find and share solutions. They are our hope."

The elderly monk said, "Nowadays, when we face serious problems as a result of the climate crisis, we have to help each other by setting a timetable for change. As human beings, living on this one planet, we must make an effort to live happily together.

Firmly believing that the threat of climate change is not limited by national boundaries -- it affects all, he concluded, "We must work to protect nature and the planet, which is our only home."

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, April 22 2022. 12:01 IST
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