Environmental Protection: Lessons From Dalai Lama

The destruction of our environment is just as devastating as today’s worldwide poverty. Effects of this ecological disaster are tragic floods in various places particularly in highly urbanized areas and extinction of our wildlife. The environment that serves as habitat is gradually ruined due to continuous industrialization, inefficient garbage disposal, conversion of forests to agricultural landmarks, and oil and coal exploitation. But, take a closer look of this situation, all the causes of environment deterioration are merely for human consumption. Sadly, for many years now many people still don’t realize this reality. We need to uphold environmental protection in order to have a cleaner and greener planet not only for us but particularly for our future generations.

According to 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, it is not difficult to forgive the destruction in the past, which resulted from ignorance. He said, “Today, however we have access to more information, and it is essential that we re-examine ethically what we have inherited, what we are responsible for, and what we will pass on to coming generations”. Everything that he said is quite true. Indeed, it is our responsibility to take good care of our environment, its forests, and wildlife especially now that we have all the resources.