COP 24 -The Gyalwang Drukpa: "An urgent correction of our moral path - it´s now or never"

On the occasion of the opening day of the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, the Gyalwang Drukpa gave a speech at the Action Hub at the COP 24 site: "An urgent correction of our moral path - it's now or never". He drew attention to the urgency to recognize the climate change, as the consequences of climate change are still being ignored worldwide.

Politicians are responsible for representing the state, yet many remain sitting in their chair looking after their own well-being. At the same time, the responsibility begins with each one of us - in every little action. It is about getting out of the chair and do something: plant a tree, pick up a plastic bag or eat less meat.

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The Gyalwang Drukpa asked to investigate how one tries to find one's own happiness. Many people in the current generation would focus on material success and progress because they have learned that this makes happy. It is about changing one's own value system, which includes the well-being of a larger world and is not just geared towards individual success. Then it would have to start with the change. There would be no time to lose. Mankind will become extinct if the attitude towards nature and the place in this world were not changed.

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Candles to commemorate the victims in Auschwitz

On the occasion of the Jewish Light Festival (Hanukkah), the Gyalwang Drukpa visited the former concentration camps Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau on the second day of his visit to Poland. Memorial Director Adrezj Karzynk welcomed the high-ranking guest from the Himalayas. During a guided tour of the area, the Gyalwang Drukpa lit Live To Love candles in memory of the victims and this difficult chapter of German history.

Acting connects - Reception in the city hall of Krakow

On the third day of his visit to Poland, the Mayor of Krakow, Prof. Jacek Majchrowski, received the Gyalwang Drukpa in the city´s historic town hall. Between both there was a very lively exchange on education, as well as environmental and climate protection.
The Gyalwang Drukpa introduced the Druk Padma Karpo School in Ladakh, which has firmly anchored these aspects in the curriculum. He also talked about the "Eco-Cycle and Pad Yatras" in Asia as well as the international tree-planting activities.

The Mayor reported on the city's extensive involvement and projects - the construction of a modern wastewater treatment plant, waste incineration plants and the replacement of the city bus fleet with low-emission vehicles. The children in the schools are taught in tree planting. In 2013 Krakow was honored as the European city of trees. For the birth of each child and marriage, trees are regularly planted here. Also, according to the Mayor, the water is supposed to be the second-cleanest water in the world.

Acting - and not just talking: Krakow is a shining example of this motto of life. The Gyalwang Drukpa and Prof. Jacek Majchrowski agreed to initiate a tree planting campaign together in a foreseeable future. The Gyalwang Drukpa said goodbye with a greeting in Krakow's Golden Book: "With best wishes and blessings to you all."

- The Gyalwang Drukpa visits Krakow, 05.12.2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

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