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Earth Day 2018

Posted on 5 May 2018

Earth Day 2018

On Earth Day 22nd of April 2018, Kagyu Samye Dzong London hosted 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

The event was an opportunity to learn, explore and reflect on our impact on the environment. We had some inpsiring speakers on the day a list of which can be seen below. Some of these talks were filmed and can be found on our YouTube Channel. To see photos from the day click here:

  • Lama Zangmo, gave 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. Watch this talk below.
  • Satish Kumar, talked 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. Watch this talk below.
  • 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 was entitled, Working with Honey Bee's in the community.
  • In Energy, You & The Planet - David Longden took 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 provided an Introduction to Permaculture.  In this short workshop he explored 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.