In July 2019 we had the fortunate opportunity to have a private audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at his residence in northern India. During this audience we discussed mountain region ecosystem restoration programs and how much benefit they could have upon global water and climate. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is himself concerned about environmental issues and often speaks about them.
We presented him with a copy of ‘The Inner Sense of Tree’ (written and illustrated by Active Remedy Co Director Tara Joy) and also ‘Earth’s Water Story-Taking a Closer Look’ (written and compiled by Active Remedy Co Directors Stella Joy and Tara Joy). Both of these books have strong ecological messages.
We also suggested that Tibetan mountain communities could find the simple, yet highly effective, conservational method of establishing sacred groves to be invaluable for enriching their local environments and communities. We feel that this ancient conservation method, especially when linked with green corridors, could significantly help to enrich communities around the world. It may seem hard to believe that something as simple as creating community groves and peace parks linked to local temples, monasteries, schools and hospitals could have a real impact upon water and climate. However creating a network of interlinking ecosystems is very important as well and inspiring care and enthusiasm within communities. In reality what better way is there to celebrate key life events such as births, deaths, marriage, prayers etc. than by planting and caring for trees and biodiversity?
We feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to talk directly to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on two occasions now and hope that this will bring greater attention to critical environmental issues. He was positive and encouraging, gave Active Remedy his Blessings and looked with interest through our books and work. We walked away draped in the traditional Tibetan white blessing scarf’s (Khata) feeling very happy and full of renewed enthusiasm to keep on with our work for safeguarding the global water cycle through ecosystem restoration.
This accords with Target 6.6 of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 Agenda.
Target 6.6: “By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes”