The Dalai Lama on Saving the Environment

If you Care2 make a difference, this selection about right relationship to our environment from His Holiness the Dalai Lama will speak deeply to you. It offers deep wisdom and concrete advice on the best path to take in order to save the precious environment on which we all depend.

“Our beautiful world is facing many crises…. It is not a time to pretend everything’s good.

“Many of the earth’s habitats, animals, plants, insects and even micro-organisms that we know to be rare may not be known at all by future generations. We have the capability and the responsibility to act; we must do so before it is too late.

“Just as we should cultivate gentle and peaceful relations with our fellow human beings, we should also extend that same kind of attitude towards the natural environment. Morally speaking, we should be concerned for our whole environment.

“This, however, is not just a question of morality or ethics, but a question of our own survival. For this generation and for future generations, the environment is very important. If we exploit the environment in extreme ways, we will suffer, as will our future generations. When the environment changes, the climatic condition also changes. When the climate changes dramatically, the economy and many other things change. Our physical health will be greatly affected. Again, conservation is not merely a question of morality, but a question of our own survival.

“Therefore, in order to achieve more effective environmental protection and conservation, internal balance within the human being himself or herself is essential. The negligence of the environment, which has resulted in great harm to the human community, resulted from our ignorance of the very special importance of the environment.

“We must now help people to understand the need for environmental protection. We must teach people to understand the need for environmental protection. We must teach people that conservation directly aids our survival.
We are all here on this planet, as it were, as tourists. None of us can live here forever. The longest we might live is a hundred years. So while we are here we should try to have a good heart and to make something positive and useful of our lives. Whether we live just a few years or a whole century, it would be truly regrettable and sad if we were to spend that time aggravating the problems that afflict other people, animals, and the environment. The most important thing is to be a good human being.”
–His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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paula eaton
paula eaton6 years ago

Can we elect the Dali Lama for president. It would be a better place if leaders worldwide was like him. I have a deep admiration for him.

Paula B.
Paula B6 years ago

in everything there should be balance and moderation

Judith C.
Judith C7 years ago

thank you

Julia P.
Julia P7 years ago

The Dalai Lama is my personal hero, simply because he is the most genuine person I've ever been exposed to. His curiosity about everything, his courage, wisdom, and loving-kindness to even his enemies is awe inspiring. My daily prayer is that I can be just a fraction of what he is, and that he and his people are able to return to their home.
We in the West tend to ignore our environment, until it can't be ignored anymore. We are disassociated from everything around us. Once we realize that everything is connected, our eyes are opened. I only pray it won't be too late for our planet. It doesn't matter how much money you have, once the earth is destroyed it's over for all of us. Time to wake up!
Thanks for the words of wisdom!

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W7 years ago


Patricia B.
Patricia Bucio8 years ago

Buen articulo

Patricia B.
Patricia Bucio8 years ago

Buen articulo

Amanda K.
Amanda K8 years ago


David N.
David N8 years ago

Thanks for the article. We could all do better.

Mary P.
Mary Pendergast8 years ago

It is not too late to change...but it is getting there!