"We Need a Revolution of Compassion"
the Dalai Lama

In this powerful statement on the climate crisis, the
Dalai Lama calls on us to make this a century of compassion
for the planet and all its inhabitants.

1. Buddha Would Be Green - I Am Green Too.
Buddha was born as his mother leaned against a tree for support.
He attained enlightenment seated beneath a tree, and passed
away as trees stood witness overhead. Therefore, were Buddha
to return to our world, he would certainly be connected
to the campaign to protect the environment.

2. Environmental Education
Environmental education about the consequences of the destruction
of our ecosystem and the dramatic decrease in biodiversity must
be given top priority. But creating awareness is not sufficient;
we must find ways to bring about changes in the way we live.
I call on the younger generation - be rebels demanding climate
protection and climate justice because it is your future that is at stake.

3. Universal Responsibility
We seven billion human beings must learn to live together.
It is no longer enough to think only of "my country,"
"my people,""us," and "them." We must each learn to work for
the benefit of all human beings.

4. The Revolution of Compassion
I am now eighty-five years old and have lived through many of the
upheavals of the twentieth century - the destruction and suffering
brought by war, but also unprecedented damage to the natural
environment. Today's younger generation has the ability and
opportunity to create a more compassionate world. I urge them
to make this twenty-first century an era of change rooted in
dialogue and a century of compassion for all the inhabitants
of this planet.

Over-exploitation of our natural resources results from ignorance
and greed, and a lack of respect for life on earth. Saving the
world from the climate crisis is our common responsibility. We
must find ways to exercise freedom with responsibility.

We need a revolution of compassion based on warm-heartedness
that will contribute to a more compassionate world with a
sense of oneness of humanity. The entire human family must
unite and cooperate to protect our common home. I hope that
efforts to achieve a more sustainable way of life will meet with success.

Photograph by: Janet Samadhi Rose