How the earth is deteriorating day by day

Dalai Lama: Message for Earth Day

On Earth Day 2021, I send an urgent request to my brothers and sisters around the world to consider both the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead of us on this blue planet we share.

I often joke that the moon and stars look beautiful, but if we tried to live on them we wouldn't be comfortable there. Our planet is a wonderful place to live. His life is our life, his future is our future. The earth is indeed like a mother to us and as her children we are dependent on her. In the face of global problems such as the effects of global warming and the destruction of the ozone layer, individual organizations and individual nations are helpless. If we don't all work together, no solution can be found. Our mother earth teaches us a lesson in universal responsibility.

One example is the issue of water: More than ever before, the well-being of people in many parts of the world, especially that of mothers and children, is extremely endangered because there is a critical lack of suitable water and a view of sanitary and hygienic facilities Conditions there. It is worrying that the lack of these essential health determiners affects nearly two billion people around the world. And yet it is solvable. I am grateful that the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has made an urgent global call to action.

Interdependence is a fundamental law of nature. And disregard of this interdependence damages not only our natural environment, but also our human society. Therefore we humans need to develop a greater awareness of the connectedness of all of humanity. Each and every one of us must learn to work not just for ourselves, our families or our own nation, but for the well-being of all humanity. In this context, I am pleased that President Joe Biden will host a climate summit on Earth Day this year that will bring together world leaders to discuss an issue that affects us all.

If our planet is to be preserved, environmental education and personal responsibility must continue to increase. Taking care of the environment should be an integral part of our daily life. In my case, my environmental awareness was only awakened when I went into exile and got to know a world that was very different from the one I had known in Tibet. Only then did I realize how primitive the Tibetan environment was and how much modern material development has contributed to the deterioration of life across the planet.

On Earth Day, we should all commit to doing our part to make a positive difference to the environment of our only common home, this beautiful earth.

With my prayers, Dalai Lama


Dalai Lama 2021 / Gaden Phodrang Foundation of the Dalai Lama