Renowned spiritual leader and teacher The Dalai Lama has written an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times urging everyone to take action in the fight for climate change. He is the author of a new book, “Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World.”

The Dalai Lama calls himself an environmentalist, “Speaking for myself, I have no hesitation in supporting initiatives that help protect the environment. This is a question of survival because this beautiful blue planet is our only home.”

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He also cheered the efforts of environmental activist Greta Thunberg and praised her Fridays for Future movement, “I really appreciate Greta Thunberg’s efforts to raise awareness of the need to take direct action. Her effort to elevate the issue of global warming among schoolchildren is a remarkable achievement. Despite being very young, her sense of universal responsibility is wonderful. I support her “Fridays for Future” movement.”

He said that “individual has a duty to help guide our global family in the right direction,” and that youth around the world are “our real hope.”

In his piece, he also called out political leaders and exalted elections in the European Union that went to Green parliamentarians, “I often have the impression that politicians do not take climate and environmental protection seriously enough. Ignorance is the No. 1 enemy,” he said of those that ignore the changing climate.

Read more about activists fighting for the climate in One Green Planet, including David Attenborough, Jane Goodall and Greta Thunberg.

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