(FILES) This file photo taken on September 15, 2016 shows the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, the Dalai Lama, gesturing as he arrives for a meeting with young people in Strasbourg. – The Dalai Lama is “doing very well” and will likely be discharged from hospital in New Delhi on April 12 as he recovers from a chest infection, his spokesman told AFP on April 11, 2019. (Photo by PATRICK HERTZOG / AFP)
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama called on world leaders Saturday to join forces in fighting climate change.
“Now we should pay more attention about global warming,” the exiled leader said in a video message to a virtual meeting of Group of Seven parliamentary leaders.
The session was hosted by the speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, a longstanding advocate for the Himalayan region.
National leaders have been meeting less frequently with the Dalai Lama due to pressure from China.
In his video address, the Dalai Lama said people today have more of a sense of shared interest in saving the planet.
“If you look (at) past history, too much emphasis individual nation, individual religion, including colour,” the 85-year-old Buddhist leader said, according to a statement from the International Campaign for Tibet.
“So it creates a lot of problems. Basically, you see, they are selfish, self-centered attitudes,” the 1989 Nobel peace laureate said.
Climate change is affecting some of the world’s least powerful people, the Dalai Lama added.
“Due to global warming, too much rain some area. Some area dry. So these people suffer,” the Dalai Lama said. “Particularly like in Africa and some area in India and China also.”
The impact along economic lines is also imbalanced, he added.
“The rich people, big hotel, not much serious sort of feeling,” the Dalai Lama said. “But poor people, they really face serious problem.”
Saturday’s meeting brought Pelosi together with counterparts from Britain, Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.