I have been a supporter of Earth Hour for the past three years and am happy to continue the tradition this year as well, by turning off the lights for one hour on March 23rd, from 8.30 to 9.30 pm. It might seem like a small gesture but Earth Hour represents the unified voice of hundreds of millions of people around the world who want to see practical climate change solutions and to see them now. It is an hour when all of us who are concerned about the terrible impacts of climate change are interconnected and determined in our resolve to prevent further climate tragedies. The moment for climate wisdom has arrived. I join Earth Hour in urging the international community to come to a climate agreement that protects the poor, stabilizes climate, prevents further droughts and floods, and develops clean energy.

~ His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje


I ask all of you to join us on March 31st [2012], 8.30 pm, to turn off your lights for one hour. This simple gesture has a profound consequence. It joins us with millions of people around the world and raises our concern about the impacts of climate change on our world in one common voice. It affirms our collective sense of responsibility to give back to the earth and to each other. It reminds us that the individual choices people make can together overcome the environmental challenges we face today. A truly meaningful religious practice includes acting to protect the earth and all living beings that thrive on it. Please join us to help create a climate-safe tomorrow.

~ His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa



We should see the Earth as a living entity; it is her existence and wellbeing that provides for us, the houses we live in, the clothes we wear, the food we eat, even the oxygen we breathe. I am very glad to participate in Earth Hour and have asked my monasteries to turn out their lights as part of this global movement. I pray that we carry our commitment to Earth Hour into our everyday lives. This earth is like a grain of sand in the vastness of the cosmos, but it is our only home and we have nowhere else to go. Receding glaciers and rising seas are no longer in the future. They are in the now. We don't have time to apportion blame. We must work together to preserve and protect it.

~ His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa



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