His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the Environment: A Timeline

1986~United Nations World Environment Day: “Destruction of nature and nature resources results from ignorance, greed and lack of respect for the earth’s living things.”   >read in full
1987~Congressional Human Rights Caucus, Washington, D.C.: “Tibet would extend its services and hospitality to all that further the cause of world peace and the well-being of mankind and the natural environment we share.”   >read in full
1989~Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony, Oslo, Norway: “Both science and the teachings of the Buddha tell us of the fundamental unity of all things. This understanding is crucial if we are to take positive and decisive action on the pressing global concern with the environment.”   >read in full 
1990~Kalachakra Initiation, Sarnath, India: “The continuing decline in forests in many parts of the world, including America, is adversely affecting the already changing global climate, thus upsetting the lives, not only of mankind, but also of all living beings.”   >read in full
1991~Environmental Protection Agency Journal: “We need knowledge to care for ourselves, every part of the Earth, and the life upon it, and all of the future generations as well. This means that education about the environment is of great importance to everyone.”  >read in full
1992~United Nations Rio Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro: “I feel optimistic about the future. The rapid changes in our attitude towards the earth are also a source of hope.”  >read in full
1993~Int’l Conference on Ecological Responsibility, New Delhi: “Being attentive to the nature / Of interdependence of all creatures / Both animate and inanimate / One should never slacken in one’s efforts / To preserve and conserve nature’s energy…”   >read in full 
1994~Tibetan Democracy Day Address:  “At this time it is extremely important that every human being, according to his or her ability, consistently puts effort into ensuring the conservation and protection of this planet’s environment and its inhabitants.”   >read in full
1996~Endangered Tibet Conference, Sydney, Australia: “We must think of these matters if we are to be truly concerned about the environment, not only for this generation, but for future generations as well.”   >read in full 
1998~Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:  “Human rights, environmental protection and social and economic equality are all inter-related. In all these issues, I believe a sense of universal responsibility is the key to human survival and progress.”   >read in full 
1999~Message to the Global Community: “We are also being drawn together by the grave problems we face: overpopulation, dwindling natural resources, and an environmental crisis that threatens our air, water, and trees, along with the vast number of beautiful life forms that are the very foundation of existence on this small planet we share.” >read in full
2000~Message for the New Millenium: “For the sake of our future generations, we need to take care of our earth and of our environment. Environmental damage is often gradual and not easily apparent and by the time we become aware of it, it is generally too late.”   >read in full
2001~Strasbourg Speech to the European Parliament: “Universal responsibility is the best foundation both for our personal happiness and for world peace, the equitable use of our natural resources, and, through a concern for future generations, the proper care for the environment.”   >read in full
2005~Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C.:   “We are living in truly one world. Modern economy, electronic media, international tourism, as well as the environmental problems, all remind us on a daily basis how deeply interconnected the world has become today.”   >read in full 
2007~Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony: “Each one of us must, in whatever way we can, use our talents and resources to make a difference so that we can pass on to our future generations a planet that is at least safe to live on.”   >read in full 
2008~Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Whether we are concerned with suffering born of poverty, with denial of freedom, with armed conflict, or with a reckless attitude to the natural environment everywhere, we should not view these events in isolation. Eventually their repercussions are felt by all of us.”   >read in full 
2011~Mind & Life Institute Conference, Dharamasala, India: Dialogue on Ecology, Ethics, & Interdependence between the Dalai Lama and other esteemed contemplative scholars, activists, and ecological scientists on ethics, interdependence, effective ecological action, and faith-based motivations for environmental activism.   >read in full
2012~Templeton Prize Acceptance Speech, London: “In addition to non-violence in our relations with each other, we also need to employ a much greater sense of non-violence in relation to the environment, because a healthy natural environment is essential to the survival of life on our planet.”   >read in full 
2012~Compassion Without Borders, San Diego, California: Dialogue between the Dalai Lama and top scientists on the challenges represented by global climate change and how human values and universal responsibility can enable the recognition of and effective response to the pending impacts on countries, local communities and the ecosystem.   >read in full 
2012~Global Systems 2.0, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Dialogue between the Dalai Lama and MIT professors on the state of the environment and how human societies can apply system analysis and theories of peaceful governance to navigate the results of changing environmental conditions.   >read in full