Buddha would have been green.” Those were the powerful words from the Dalai Lama this week, as he made a “climate appeal” to the world through the release of a new book. “Simply meditating or praying for change is not enough,” he said. “There has to be action.”
His words came as the US president-elect Joe Biden received a call from the Pope on Thursday. According to an official statement, Mr Biden, a devout Catholic, told Pope Francis that he would work with him in “addressing the crisis of climate change”.
Pope Francis has previously been outspoken about the climate crisis. In 2015, he wrote an environment-themed Encyclical Letter, a letter aimed at guiding all faith holders, in which he described the climate crisis as “a global problem with grave implications” and asked his followers to consider what kind of planet they wanted to leave to their children.