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Earth Day - A Day on Environmental Protection for the Benefit of All


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On Earth Day, Kagyu Samye Dzong London will be hosting a day of talks, films and activities to raise awareness around the need to care for our planet, and to inspire us to do so. We are proud to follow the lead in this of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, who personally drew up environmental instructions for all his monasteries, and 108 points of guidance for other followers.

 “Our world is facing an environmental crisis which is complex, overwhelming and affects us all, but it is difficult to know where to begin and what we can do. It is very important for all of us to change our behaviour and we need to start taking practical steps….

 "As Buddhist practitioners, we believe that our actions must flow from our aspiration to benefit all sentient beings and safeguard our mother Earth and that this positive change in our societies must begin with ourselves first."

- His Holiness the 17th Karmapa

This event will be an opportunity to learn, explore and reflect on our impact on the environment. While the content and shape of the day is still evolving, we already have some inspiring speakers lined up for you. So far these include,

  • Lama Zangmo, who will give a presentation exploring our relationship with the environment from a Buddhist perspective, highlighting the need for compassion and acknowledgement of our global interdependence, called– Ethics: the Buddhist Approach to Environmental Issues.
  • Satish Kumar, who will be talking about Sustainability: Soil, Soul and Society, followed by a Question and Answer session with the audience. A former Jain monk and long-term peace and environment activist, Satish Kumar has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over 50 years
  • Barnaby Shaw of BeeUrban, beekeeper and green issues consultant, based locally in Kennington Park, where volunteers and vulnerable members of the community are trained in the ways of beekeeping. Barnaby’s talk is entitled, Working with Honey Bee's in the community.
  • In Energy, You & The Planet - David Longden will take a look at green energy, and how our personal lifestyle choices have wider implications for the planet and all of us who call it home.
  • Kevin Mascarenhas will provide an Introduction to Permaculture.  In this short workshop he will explore the meaning of permaculture, its ethics and principles, and how to start your journey when working towards a more sustainable way of living.
  • Maria Arceo is a local artist whose work explores The Effects of Humans upon the Sea and Natural Environment. Her latest project, ‘Thames Plastic & the Exploration of Future Dust’ has her in cross-disciplinary partnerships to creatively inform and scientifically challenge our understanding of the dispersion of plastic debris.
  • Local activist and filmmaker Oliver Gardiner will contribute with explanation and video presentations on the subject of Soil Regeneration around the world.
  • Robbie Lockie, director of Plant Based News online magazine, will shine a light upon how our diet has effects upon the natural world far beyond our taste buds, in a talk entitled, The Plant-Based Lifestyle: How to Reduce your Impact on the World Today.


With lots of other exciting activities including:

-       Short films about conservation, bees, plastics, reducing your individual impact, environmental sustainability and soil regeneration

-       Local Green Businesses exhibiting what they are doing for the environment

 -       Crafts and origami for kids and adults

 -       Learn how to make native seed ‘bombs’

 -       Poetry Open Mic – share your environmental aspirations poetically

 -       Inspire others by making a public commitment to do something for the environment

 -       Art exhibition

 -       Environmental Expert Question and Answer Panel

 -       Watch the sun with a special telescope

 -       Try our special Earth Day vegan café menu

 -       See what has changed around the world since the first Earth Day

 -       Learn more about the sustainability of KSD London

 -       Participate in a special meditation for Peace and the Environment


In short this day is dedicated to learning about ethics and environmental protection with the aim of practically applying the values of compassion and interdependence towards the Earth and all living beings that dwell here.