“Eventually Tibet Will Become like Afghanistan”: Dalai Lama Calls for Urgent Climate Action

Dalai Lama
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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

“Buddha Would be Green”: The Dalai Lama claims urgent action is required to prevent climate change from impacting Tibet and the rest of the world.

‘Buddha would be green’: Dalai Lama calls for urgent climate action

Exclusive: The Dalai Lama warns of terrible consequences of climate inaction

Krishnan Guru-Murthy
Thu 12 Nov 2020 06.00 AEDT

The Dalai Lama has appealed to world leaders to take urgent action against climate change, warning of ecological destruction affecting the lives of billions and ruining the planet, including his birth country, Tibet.

As a call to action he has brought out a new book declaring that if Buddha returned to this world, “Buddha would be green”.

In an interview for Channel 4 News and the Guardian, the Buddhist spiritual leader spoke from the Indian city of Dharamsala, where he has been exiled for six decades. He warned that “global warming may reach such a level that rivers will dry” and that “eventually Tibet will become like Afghanistan”, with terrible consequences for at least a billion people dependent on water from the plateau “at the roof of the world”.

The Dalai Lama has been known to put his foot in it with inadvertent enthusiasm, such as when he said it was possible he could be succeeded by a woman, but that she should be “very, very attractive”. He later made clear that he had meant no offence and said he was deeply sorry that people had been hurt by his words.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/11/buddha-would-be-green-dalai-lama-calls-for-urgent-climate-action

How do you say “thanks but no thanks” in Tibetan?

95 thoughts on ““Eventually Tibet Will Become like Afghanistan”: Dalai Lama Calls for Urgent Climate Action

      • Don’t concern yourself. In a couple weeks everyone will say “Biden who?” as the voting swings back to Trump in key states. WI, Mi, PA, GA and AZ. Voter Fraud is a disgusting thing to perpetrate on the American people.

          • Amen. Don’t worry about what you can’t control and you will be much happier and healthier.

          • Yes. The evidence so far is that there is no evidence. In some places like Philadelphia the votes they complain about were a swing to Trump, however the suburbs went the otherway….
            the next full moon will be the most noise and then reality will kick in.

        • I would not bet on it, but it doesn’t matter so much. The media has blown their whole vilification wad on Trump. They won’t be able to do that again with any reasonably decent Republican candidate. It’s their fault that Trump won in the first place.

        • In a couple weeks . . .

          . . . Biden/Harris will be declared President and VP “elect” and the Trump Administration will proceed with the transition, as has been the peaceful way in the USA.

          I do hope the two elections in the State of Georgia go to the Republicians. The country needs a check on the worst impulses of the Democrates.
          I also hope that in the mid-terms election in 2 years we see a GOP take over of the House.
          Worst scenario is that Harris will be President soon, and gets to name the VP.

          • Silence,

            Bribery as well, but only if there’s a special prosecutor to pursue indictments into the next Administration.

            Who knows? Stalinists might side with conservatives in the House to impeach Slow Joe, so as to get the more “Progressive” Harris. Then two women of Indian ancestry can run against each other for president, which might happen even should Creepy, Crooked Joe survive until 2024.

            An all-SC ticket would be unconstitutional, but ex-SC guv Ambassador Haley lives in NY now, so could run with SC Sen. Tim Scott.

            Lots of other good GOP combos out there.

          • John Tillman,
            I assume you are referring to the 12th amendment when you say that an all-South-Carolina ticket would be unconstitutional, but that’s not accurate.

            “The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves…”

            This does not make an all-SC ticket unconstitutional. It means that in such a case, the electors who are inhabitants of SC may not cast their votes for the ticket.

            Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution states:

            “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.”

            An interesting ploy, that seems to me like it could work, would be for the SC legislature to designate as electors, inhabitants of another state. Otherwise it would likely result in SC’s 9 electoral votes being ruled invalid (assuming the Haley-Scott ticket actually were an all-SC ticket, and SC voters would choose that ticket).

          • Rich,

            You’re right, but the risk of both from the same state is great in a close race which goes to Congress. In a razor-thin election margin, the rule could potentially come into play.

            For example, it almost did in 2000. When George W. Bush of TX chose Dick Cheney as his running mate, Cheney had been living and voting and paying taxes for five years in TX. Shortly before the election, however, Cheney obtained a WY driver’s license and put his Dallas home on the market. (He had a vacation home in WY, the state he had formerly represented in Congress.) Good thing for him he did: The Bush-Cheney ticket ended up winning with 271 electoral votes—just a slim five-vote margin—over Al Gore and Joe Lieberman, a total they certainly wouldn’t have hit without Texas’ 32 votes.

        • I am with Jeff on this one. How many times has a candidate been 20 votes above the winning 270? When I saw in news casts here in Aus that Biden “won” 290 votes I thought that does not look right.

          • This is not about recounts. Not in PA at least. The case in PA rests on the fact – yes fact – that hundreds of thousands of votes came in after the deadline, the deadline set by the PA legislature. As only the legislature and legislature alone can create the law for how ballots are counted with, these late votes are in violation of the US constitution. The question is not “are the votes illegal” it is what to do about it.

          • Karl is the same guy that confidently told us Mitt Romney was going to unseat Barack Obama Walter.

            Besides this isn’t about RECOUNTS of valid ballots Walter. Its about exposing hundreds of thousands maybe millions when considering states that didn’t need to cheat for Biden, of fraudulent mail-in and drop box ballots that in multiple locations mysteriously showed up out of nowhere in the middle of the night and in some cases where pre-dated by the Bosses of the quasi-governmental agency the USPS as witnessed by the employees.

            All the while the Propaganda Ministry reports falsely to millions that the employees recanted while the very same whistleblower is shouting from social media that he has not recanted but struggling to be heard by anyone on the left or in the middle.

            This has nothing to do with recounts but instead, everything to do with rigged vote counting.

        • “Voter Fraud is a disgusting thing to perpetrate on the American people.”

          It’s illegal. Democrats should be going to jail.

          The naysayers claim Trump can’t possibly make up enough numbers to put him ahead of Biden, but that’s not what I’m hearing. I’m hearing there are hundreds of thousands of questionable votes in numerous States. The company that runs the computer systems that count the votes, Dominion, seems to be under scrutiny for possible fraudulent operation of the elections, amounting to hundreds of thousands of votes that may have been switched from one party to the other.

          Hang in there, John James! The fraud in Michigan took votes away from you, too. I think John would make an Excellent Repubican Senator from Michigan. Maybe ole Trump can pull it out for the both of you, and for the rest of the sane people in the United States..

      • “Scissor November 12, 2020 at 2:58 pm
        Besides, his negative thoughts will bring bad Karma.”

        Snicker!
        I just watched Kelly’s Heroes this past Veterans day.

    • John Tillman Commie stooge running dog sellout.

      WTF caused you to come up with that comment. Did you have a bad night or something? The Dalai Lama is not exactly renowned for being a friend to China, or indeed any other communist regime Indeed western regimes are nowdays to scared even to be seen meeting with the Dalai Lama as big China “disapproves”

      • This has nothing to do with China but whether the Dali Lama is qualified to make definitive comments on Global Warm…aahhh Climate Change. He is not. Dali is the same guy who was bamboozled by Keith Raniere, a sex slaver and pedophile, who set up the successful cult NXIVM (nexium).. I give no more intellectual authority to the Dali Lama than I do the Pope and I was raised a Catholic. Both these guys need to stick to religion. nobody would give 2 good squats what he thought if his name was Dolly Lamar from Tupelo.

      • Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet has said that: Of all the modern economic theories, the economic system of Marxism is founded on moral principles, while capitalism is concerned only with gain and profitability. … For this reason I still think of myself as half-Marxist, half-Buddhist.

      • He has not opposed the CCP’s conquest of Tibet. He begs for greater regional autonomy.

        That the CCP objects to leaders’ meeting him has to do with China’s claim that it owns Tibet, not because the Lama is an enemy of China. He has been suborned.

        • He did however advocate no more than two kids, unlike the CCP’s former one child policy. More idn line with Mr. Meghan Markle’s opinion.

  1. “I hope you will be able to contribute to shaping a more peaceful world in which people suffering poverty and injustice find relief,” the Dalai Lama writes to President-elect Joe Biden. “The need to address these issues, as well as climate change, is indeed pressing.”

    Ref.: Lion’s Roar

    • Yep, Biden is the ‘go to’ guy … right?

      Thing is, if Buddha really wanted to utilize the position of a high profile politician he should up his transitional game and try to infest the bodies of politicians’ sons instead of letting fate put him into the bodies of little brown kids.

      (on a serious note, at what state of fetal growth does the infestation take place? How early?

      Would his buddy Joe’s policies allow the future Dalai to be scraped away before the Lama could even get a good foothold … thus the negative Karmic action of associating with takers of life wouldn’t allow him to get into another little boy … and he would then have to settle for an attractive girl.)

    • I’ve often wondered if the Tibetan legend of Shangri-La is a dim memory of a real place which became uninhabitably cold after the end of the Holocene Optimum. Obviously highly speculative.

  2. When I think of a modern scientific mind the Dalai Lama is the first person to pop into my mind. Add in the access to Buddha and you can’t lose. Right.

    • I thought that too, and the second person to pop into my mind is Leonardo DiCaprio closely followed by Brian May the guitar twiddling badger expert. On a completely different note it’s Friday the thirteenth tomorrow in 2020 what could possibly go wrong.

  3. If Dalai Lama is really that concerned about climate change, he should take it up with the largest CO2 emitter in the world, you know, the very same country that subjugated his home … CHINA!

    • “eventually Tibet will become like Afghanistan”
      In Afghanistan, everybody has a rifle and enjoys taking pot shots at anyone they see as an invader. Mr. Lama could only WISH his homeland was like Afghanistan.
      Climatically, aren’t the two dry, mountainous nations pretty much the same??

      • Apparently Afghanistan is the more fertile one, judging from the billions of $ worth of poppies they grow there. November 11 having just passed and poppies and a war-torn country come up in the same post… Lots of tortured souls must be calling for help.

  4. The Dalai Lama is a priest
    The two-l llama is a beast
    And I will bet a silk pajyma
    The Dalai Lama is an idiot

  5. not sure the Dalai Lama is aware of his inadvertently increasing peoples existential anxiety and suffering by blindly rabbiting on about things he has little understanding on (people look up to him). He is essentially increasing real suffering in the world by trying to reduce a non-existant imagined suffering. Not a smart move and pretty much the antithesis of what the Buddha taught. Funny world we live in.

  6. Llamas are not very intelligent creatures !

    As this mindless twerp has just proven.

    A font of pseudo-wisdom .. just like the poop !

  7. Is the Dali Lama a catholic. Must be cos he wails from the same minaret as Pope Frankie who goes to Hollywood To gain enlightenment from Leo Di Caprio.

  8. Dali Lama Orders a take away pizza
    “what sortof pizza , cheese, ham pineapple,pepperoni, anchovy?” Asks the pizza man

    “One with everything”. Replies D L

    Sort of Holy Orders

  9. “Dolly” the llama lives in Peru….high up in the Andes ….”Dolly” knows more about climate change than Joey Biden or Dalai…..or Pope the Dope.

  10. A 3,500-year tree-ring record of annual precipitation on the northeastern Tibetan Plateau (2014):
    “… The chronology represents changing mean annual precipitation and is most reliable after 1500 B.C. Reconstructed precipitation for this period displays a trend toward more moist conditions: the last 10-, 25-, and 50-y periods all appear to be the wettest in at least three and a half millennia …
    … If, however, our interpretation of unusually high, recent precipitation levels is correct, this would be consistent with a general expectation of increasing precipitation in this region indicated by climate model projections under increasing levels of greenhouse gases …”.
    https://www.pnas.org/content/111/8/2903

  11. Eventually, Tibet will become like Afghanistan… overrun by leftists, who deny your dignity, deny your conscience, deny your intrinsic value. Demand that you kneel before their “secular” gods. Too late.

  12. “The Dalai Lama warns of terrible consequences of climate inaction”

    I care about as much what the DL thinks than I care about what the Pope thinks. Which is, I couldn’t possibly care less.

  13. Well climate change is a religious movement so it’s understandable that he and the Pope bought into it

  14. The Dalai Lama actually fled Tibet in 1959. He lives in India. Maybe he has a divine connection with whichever gods run the climate in Tibet?

      • The ones that fled were the ones who kept slaves. The Dalai Lama and his ilk referred to the slaves as ‘talking cattle’.

  15. The reference to a possible female leader was IMHO out of order; the kind of character assassination that the Left do. It would have been enough to just address the issue on its merits.

    • he has said it more than once….

      it is not character assassination … he meant what he said.

      (and what he said is true … attractive people get more recognition and attention).

  16. Is the Dalai Lama following “the science” or his religion in making pronouncements on climate change™ such as those given in the above article?

    Gotta give that prayer wheel a couple of more spins for the answer to that.

  17. Just more evidence climate change has become its own religion.
    When in cultures one pagan religion combines with existing religious structures…
    this is called Syncretism Religion.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syncretism

    Syncretism /ˈsɪŋkrətɪzəm/ is the combining of different beliefs, while blending practices of various schools of thought. Syncretism involves the merging or assimilation of several originally discrete traditions, especially in the theology and mythology of religion, thus asserting an underlying unity and allowing for an inclusive approach to other faiths. Syncretism also occurs commonly in expressions of arts and culture (known as eclecticism) as well as politics (syncretic politics).

    Here the Dalia Lama is combining Buddhism with the Climate pagan religion.

    Another example:
    The Climate Religion combining with Catholicism.
    Encyclical Letter Laudato si’ of the Holy Father Francis
    http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html
    See para 8. of the above link:

    “ Laudato si’, #8. : For human beings… to destroy the biological diversity of God’s creation; for human beings to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate, by stripping the earth of its natural forests or destroying its wetlands; for human beings to contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life – these are sins”.[15] For “to commit a crime against the natural world is a sin against ourselves and a sin against God”.[16]”

    In the Protestant sector of Christianity as well:
    Katherine Hayhoe is a leading advocate of combining the climate pagan religion with Protestant evangelical movement. Just more junk pseudo-science combing with religion.

    Because with today’s climate change science, it is all Take-it-on-Faith crapola.
    Hard, unadulterated data not required.

    Climate Change is a religion. And the Climate inquisitions are next…
    unless logic prevails and the Enlightenment continues.

  18. It’s really a win for us!
    Jared was running half the agenda and now he’s finished.
    Trump didn’t do a fraction of what he promised.
    If he’d done even half he’d have wiped the floor with the Dems.
    So now it’s entertainment for 4-years observing swing voter ‘buyer’s remorse’.
    Jared is gone which is more important than Trump winning.
    If Trump had won Jared would have been emboldened and taken more control of the agenda.
    REMEMBER Jared squashed Trump’s push-back against climate alarmist.
    One step back & two forward . . .

  19. Once I had a friendly chat with a customs officer on what Tibet is famous for. The way things develop proves him right indeed and I forgive him for delaying our flight.

  20. There’s no ducking the issue; he’s just one more Climate Quack squawking about something he knows nothing about.

    • Donations went up bigly when he spoke about climate change. This will cause him to speak a lot more on the subject…..

    • Sounds like Hell to me. The cold, hard vacuum of space. Radiation hazards. Retinal lesions from high speed particle radiation. No thank you.

  21. Population of Afghanistan – 37 million area of Afghanistan 652,860 km²

    Population of Tibet – 3.7 million area of Tibet 1,228,000 km²

    Looks like Tibet could do a lot worse than being more like Afghanistan

  22. From the article: “The Dalai Lama has appealed to world leaders to take urgent action against climate change, warning of ecological destruction affecting the lives of billions and ruining the planet, including his birth country, Tibet.

    As a call to action he has brought out a new book declaring that if Buddha returned to this world, “Buddha would be green”.”

    Well, I guess the Dalai Lama joins the Pope in demonstrating no particular insight into how the world and nature works.

    You would think if they are talking to Dieties, they would know Human-caused Climate Change is a hoax. They have demonstrated that they are merely human, and prone to be easily influenced by the propagandists of the day.

    Buddha said at one time, when he was a young man: “all is sorrow”. All *is* sorrow if you are governed by delusional people such as the authoritarian socialists and communists of the world. Nothing good comes from it.

  23. I’ll try to keep this simple, but that as with many generalisations can cause misunderstanding, so bear with me with knowledge of both sides:
    The issue I see it is that Tenzin Gyatso (HH14DL) & most of the other Lamas (Tibetan: བླ་མ་, Wylie: bla-ma;) of Tibet & surrounding countries conflate ClimateChange™ will the general human caused pollution that our deluxe lifestyles inevitably cause; much caused by Asian countries in particular, for example he can see on news articles how Everest (Chomolungma) is strewn with the litter of mountaineers, plus for example destruction of forests in the amazon, without knowing of similar clearance is done for some Renewable energy projects.
    He is leader of the Gelugspa lineage, the main one of four main lineages of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism (excluding the previous indigenous Bon.Po), his no.2, of that lineage, the Panchen Lama was stolen by CCP upon recognition at a young age and not seen since.
    There are similar leaders of the other lineages such as Karmapa, Sakya Trinzin etc., and a whole substructure of many teachers in Tibetan Buddhism. All now acknowledge HH14DL as the top Lama as he brought all together can be said.
    As such the majority of the followers (sangha) east & west, not all I Know, also believe ClimateChange™ to be a major concern without understanding what it means, in an Appeal to his Authority (they naively think he must know!).
    They don’t, like many general public, understand how the Science has been hijacked by the new breed of climate scientists complaining about a marginal increase of CO2 levels & its possible some say unproved correlation with the concept of Global Temperature they alarmingly predict causing major problems.
    He famously keeps alignment with science figures in the psychological fields, having many conferences as a link to Buddha-dharma; he has always listened to BBC world service, so you could say he is being ‘brainwashed’ by their current agenda they transmit. I doubt he has any awareness of so called Renewable Energy is in itself environmentally damaging, causing mining destruction in places like Tibet itself & relies upon Fossil Fuel or Nuclear baseloading.
    Many people won’t know Tibet was itself nothing like the Shangri-La of romantic perception & there was much political intrigue throughout its history in the 3 major regions of Greater Tibet before invasion & subsequent Chinese annexation & occupation of U-tsang, Amdo & Kham (like England, Scotland & Wales make up Britain). Three of the four lineages held control at some stage, and some teachers described parts were like the wild west. Introduction of Buddhism from India quietened the whole area over the centuries and flourished. But there were always problems with neighbouring countries and eventually the 13th Dalai Lama banished Chinese and declared independence 13th February 1913; his army was not strong and its build-up opposed leading to the downfall at the battle of Chamdo (see Seven Years in Tibet) October 1950.

  24. No, I think Tibet will look a lot more like China. And it won’t matter what you think then or now. If you offend Xi, you end up in the gulag.

  25. The climate change that we have been experiencing is caused by the sun and the oceans over which mankind has no control It is all in the hands of Mother Nature.

  26. Surely there is something in Buddhism that relates to natural cycles of medium to long duration and the re-recognition of those cycles in questioning alarmist dogma of the Climate Crusades.

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