A few days ago I met the Dalai Lama. He held my hand and embraced me. Then I drove past the broken body of a person who had just killed himself by jumping off a building. Two days earlier I sat in a packed auditorium for the opening day of the Dalai Lama’s Spirituality and the Environment conference. That was the same day that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rose above 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. The contrast between His Holiness’ message of compassion and the damage we are inflicting on ourselves and the earth …
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Cylvia Hayes is a clean economy consultant and fellow of the Clean Economy Development Center. She is also the First Lady of Oregon.
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