Dalai Lama backs early move against warming
The Copenhagen climate summit failed to solve the looming problem of global warming, he said, because for individual nations, their top priority is for their own national interest, rather than global interest. AFTER arriving in Australia yesterday, the Dalai Lama called for countries to cut greenhouse gases urgently, without waiting for other nations to act first.
The Copenhagen climate summit failed to solve the looming problem of global warming, he said, because for individual nations, their top priority is for their own national interest, rather than global interest. ‘‘Beyond control of individual nations’’ ... the Dalai Lama in Melbourne yesterday as part of an Australian visit.
No, he replied unhesitatingly, to laughter in his Melbourne press conference.
If I had some agenda to discuss with the Prime Minister, I would be disappointed. But I have nothing. He said this modern Dalai Lama voluntarily, happily, proudly had relinquished his political responsibilities.
This had ended a 400-year tradition of Dalai Lamas combining functions of church and state, he said, and he was very happy. His main purpose in visiting Australia was to promote human values over material ones.
A backbench member of the Gillard government, Michael Danby, a standard-bearer for the Dalai Lama and human rights in China, said that 64 parliamentarians had attended a reception for the Dalai Lama during his last visit to Australia.
He expected that more would attend this time. Showing public support for the Dalai Lama is also a defiance of China's government, which considers him a criminal and splittist for advocating Tibetan independence, although he has long advocated autonomy, not independence.
Mr Danby said that he hoped Ms Gillard would agree to meet the Dalai Lama in Canberra next week: My guide is that if the US President can meet the Dalai Lama, then I think any Western leader should be able to.