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The Role of Civil Societies in Sustaining the Earth’s Ecological Health: Buddhist-Muslim Approaches


Islam Perspective
Islam believes in interreligious and intercultural cooperation and collaborations for the sake of the common good. The ecological health of the planet Earth is perhaps the greatest of the common good of humanity, because it means everything to our present and future generations.

Buddhist Perspective
Psychologists and neuro-scientists have explored the thinking, feelings and other cognitive processes of human beings that have allowed us to be so heedless with our world in destroying so many aspects of the environment. But modern scientists also believe that our human mind could be harnessed to help us take better care of planet earth.

This is exactly what His Holiness the Dalai Lama said about the need for human beings to bring forth the goodness of human nature, be heedful and mindful, and use scientific principles to protect the environment:

“If in our generation we exploit every available thing - trees, water, mineral resources or anything, without bothering about the next generation, about the future, that's our guilt, isn't it? So if we have a genuine sense of universal responsibility, as the central motivation and principle, then from that direction our relations with the environment will be well balanced.

So when you say environment, or preservation of environment, it is related with many things. Ultimately the decision must come from the human heart, isn't that right? So I think the key point is genuine sense of universal responsibility which is based on love, compassion and clear awareness”.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama,
(Transcript of an address on February 4, 1992, at New Delhi, India.)