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World leaders should prioritise global warming issues: The Dalai Lama

December 3, 2009

November 30, 2009, PTI

With his Himalayan homeland under threat due to climate change, Tibetan
spiritual leader, The Dalai Lama, today said world leaders should make
tackling global warming their number one priority and be ready for "some
sacrifice of national interest". He will deliver a series of lectures in
Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart focusing on the power of the individual in
facing future challenges, such as climate change and overpopulation.

Speaking to media here just days ahead of the Copenhagen meet, the
74-year-old Nobel peace prize winner said he was encouraged that
governments around the world were taking climate change seriously.

"The elected government, sometimes their number one priority is national
interest, national economy interest, then global issues are sometimes
secondary. That, I think, should change. The global issue should be
number one. In some cases in order to protect global issues, some
sacrifice of national interest (is needed)," he said.

Each individual could also make a difference and greater education about
environment was needed, he said. "In my case, I never use bathtub, only
shower. Whenever I leave my room I always put off my light. Taking care
of the environment ... (is now) part of my life. Taking care of
environment should be part of our daily life."? Tibet, the Dalai Lama's
homeland, was plagued by climate change worries in recent years with
scientists fearing that warmer winters and weather fluctuations could
threaten the glaciers and lead to drying up of grasslands.???? ?The
Tibetan spiritual leader said he could not predict what the outcome of
the United Nations climate change summit in Copenhagen would be, but was
heartened by the fact that it is being held.

"I think it's very, very encouraging," he said. Ahead of Parliament of
World Religions meet to be held here this week, the spiritual leader
also called on young people to work to make the world a better place.

He said youngsters must make the most of the 21st century. "You are the
main generation to utilise the 21st century. And also in your hands (is)
a better world, or miserable world at the end of this century." The
Dalai Lama also gave some advice about how to live a satisfied life.

He said people must try to find happiness at the "mental level" as
opposed to the "sensory level" through things such as movies and music.

"It's not really deep," he said adding "genuine satisfaction must come
from the mental level, love, compassion, forgiveness.
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