Peace with China is “definitely” possible, “big nations” should use their resources to preserve the climate - Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama
13th November 2020

The Dalai Lama spoke to Channel 4 News about his book, climate change and peace with China.

“Big nations” which spend “a lot of money on weapons and war” should turn their resources to preservation of the climate, the Dalai Lama has said in a 11 November interview with Channel 4 News. 

In the interview, which mentioned the release of his new book, the Dalai Lama spoke about climate change, his support for green political parties and said he believed peace with China is “definitely” possible because “the biggest Buddhist population is now in China.”

The Dalai Lama told Channel 4 News, “The big nations should pay more attention to ecology… I hope you see those big nations who spend a lot of money on weapons and war, I think now turn their resources should be for preservation of climate.”

“You see people who have a sort of luxury style life. Then in a room without proper oxygen or these things… then very difficult.”

He told Channel 4 News that according to a Chinese expert, within the next few decades global warming may see rivers dry up causing Tibet to become like Afghanistan.

Free Tibet has previously reported on the impact of global warming on the Tibetan Plateau where temperatures could increase by 4.5ºC to 5ºC this century, a frozen climate expert has said.

The largest glacier in the Qilian mountain chain, at the north eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau has retreated around 450 metres since the 1950s, Reuters has reported.

The Dalai Lama’s new book is called “Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World.” The full interview with Channel 4 News can be found on their website.

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