The Gyalwang Drukpa at the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice: "An urgent correction of our moral path - now or never".
At the opening of the UN Climate Change Conference in Dezember 2018 in Katowice, Poland, the Gyalwang Drukpa delivered a speech at the Action Hub on the COP 24 site, "An urgent correction of our moral path - it's now or never." He drew attention to the urgency of first acknowledging climate change. The consequences of climate change are still being ignored worldwide, he said.
In his speech, the Gyalwang Drukpa called for a change in one's own value system. Instead of focusing on individual success, personal happiness and progress, it is necessary to include the welfare of society. There is no time to lose. Mankind will die out if the attitude towards nature and the place in this world is not changed. The responsibility for change starts with everyone - in every little action. It's about getting up from your chair and doing something: planting a tree, picking up a plastic bag or eating less meat.
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Candles in memory of the victims in Auschwitz
On the occasion of the Jewish Festival of Lights (Hanukkah), the Gyalwang Drukpa visited the former concentration camps Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau. Memorial Director Adrezj Karzynk led the distinguished guest from the Himalayas around the grounds. During the tour, the Gyalwang Drukpa Live To Love lit candles in memory of the victims and the difficult chapter of German history.
Action connects - Reception in Krakow City Hall
The Mayor of Krakow, Jacek Majchrowski, received the Gyalwang Drukpa in the historic City Hall for a lively exchange about education, environmental and climate protection. The Gyalwang Drukpa introduced the Druk Padma Karpo School in Ladakh, which has these aspects firmly anchored in the curriculum. He also told about the "Eco-Cycle - and Pad Yatras" in Asia as well as the international tree planting campaigns. The mayor reported on the far-reaching commitment and projects of the city. The children in the schools are taught how to plant trees. Trees are regularly planted in the ground here for the birth of a child and for marriage. Also, according to the mayor, the water is said to be the second cleanest in the world. The Gyalwang Drukpa and Jacek Majchrowski agreed to initiate a tree planting campaign. The Gyalwang Drukpa bid farewell with a greeting in the city's Golden Book: "With best wishes and blessings to you all."
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