22 Feb 2021


Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World by Dalai Lama - A Review 

“This impassioned account is ideal for readers well versed in current climate change activism, especially efforts spearheaded by Greta Thunberg.”— Library Journal
From the voice of the beloved religious leader of the world-renown comes an eye-opening manifesto that empowers the generation of today to step up, take action and save our environment.
First things first, this is not a book written by the Dalai Lama. Rather, it is a series of interviews and conversations between him and a dear friend of his, Franz Alt. It is a prayer to every human being to take cognizance of climate change, seriously and to renounce thinking of ourselves as separate nations. The Dalai Lama appreciates the efforts we have taken collectively such as the Paris Climate Accords and some individuals who have done well beyond their station or status such as Greta Thunberg.

book at our resort in dharamshala

The powerful thing about the book is Dalai Lama’s makes simple requests to all of us such as turning off lights and heating when not necessary, eating less or no meat, and voting for politicians who are sensitive to the issues of climate change. The book might come across as simple, even naive at places, but one has to understand the power of simplicity in achieving major milestones. Be it in personal habits or revolutionizing the world, simple steps help us gain the momentum necessary without getting lost in complexities.

Dalai Lama points at Oriental beliefs of reincarnation among others to impress upon the necessity to leave the world we might eventually return to, better than what was handed to us same as leaving a room clean for the next user, who in this case might very well be you again.

dalai lama near our resort in dharamshala

We are proud and honoured to have the Dalai Lama as a neighbour to Rakkh Resort near Dharamshala. His life and works have been an inspiration to us all, from the spiritual to the sustainable practices we have adopted at our experiential and responsible resort in Himachal Pradesh.

The Dalai Lama who has more than 500 million followers across the world makes an appeal to the world to do more to fight the climate crisis. He opines that “Buddha would be green” and Buddha would “certainly be connected to the campaign to protect the environment”.

“Speaking for myself, I have no hesitation in supporting initiatives related to environmental protection, because threats to our environment imperil our very survival,” writes the Dalai Lama who is known to be unequivocal. “This beautiful blue planet is our only home. It provides a habitat for unique and diverse communities. Taking care of our planet is to look after our home.”

“I am now 84 years old and have lived through many of the upheavals of the 20th century: the destruction and suffering brought by war, as well as unprecedented damage to the natural environment,” he writes.

As mentioned earlier, a close friend of the Dalai Lama has put together this book from his various interviews with the Master and this is not to be thought of as one coherent thought. It is a series of thoughts distilled over the decades enlightened by his studies of religion and ethics. If you are looking for hard data and logical arguments about climate change, this is not for you. This is an appeal to make simple changes in life. We at Rakkh Resort in Himachal Pradesh are sold on this message. We have stopped the use of single-use plastic, source locally, grown organic produce, even our flour is milled at the local Pan-Chakkis harnessing the power of water with zero-emission.

There are ways for the traveller to keep up her/his end of the responsibility too. RTSOI (Responsible Tourism Society of India) has come up with a simple and nice document to help all of us become responsible travellers enjoying the goodness of the world sustainably. To read more, click here

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