June 5 2020

Time has come to act for the preservation of our world

During the unique period of lockdown, environmental experts have noted a sharp pollution decrease, a return of the animals to their natural habitat and a more luxuriant nature. These images have had a shocking effect: that of reminding human beings they are increasingly disconnected from nature and that the result is a denaturing of the general ecosystem.

It is time to remember that we are part of the species of this world, just like the others. Unfortunately we are also the most destructive: all species are connected to each other, but we have lost the awareness of this link.On this International Environment Day, let us take a few minutes to reflect on this topic.



According to a Greenpeace report GreenPeace, 75% of agricultural land was being used for animal raising in 2017. This alarming figure means much more than the result of abusive meat consumption by certain populations – mainly in developed countries: it also reflects the highly polluting and destructive dimension of this type of livestock farming.

Cattle farming leads to the production of methane, a gas that is 28 times more effective than carbon dioxide in warming the planet according to National Geographics. Livestock farming is also one of the industries that produce the most greenhouse gases (see the 2013 IPCC Report), ahead of the transport industry and heavy and manufacturing industry.Thus, becoming vegetarian has more impact on the ecology than stopping all plane transportation.Pig farming, on the other hand, brings another problem: the quantity of waste manure. This is generally stored on the ground, which will absorb certain components. This leads to soil sterilization and contamination of groundwater and the sea when access is close. Finally, a way must be found to feed this small world: overproduction of cereals, excessive use of water, overuse of soil for cultivation, deforestation for plantations. All of this tires the planet and more and more ecosystems are becoming sterile – nature has lost its rights.

“The fundamental question we have to ask ourselves is, have we started to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions? The answer is no. Have we started to reduce the use of pesticides? The answer is no. Have we started to stop the erosion of biodiversity? The answer is no. Have we started to put ourselves in a position to stop the artificialization of the soil? The answer is no.” Nicolas Hulot,  France Inter, morning of 28/08/2018, “Le 7-9, Le grand entretien”.

The pandemic we are experiencing also comes from the pressure that we put on wild nature and from animal exploitation. Revising our food model – through the development of altruism – is one of the responses to these crises. It may also be a solution to limit massive infections in the future.



Matthieu Ricard is committed to act against animal suffering and the alteration of our planet due to over-consumption of meat: 

Even before considering moral issues, those who love to eat meat and are willing to be satisfied with the fact that billions of animals are slaughtered every year to feed themselves, should be concerned, for themselves and their children, about the consequences of over-consumption of meat and its corollary, industrial farming and fishing.A plea for the animals, Matthieu Ricard

The wilderness is precious, but it is something we neglect in favour of greed, speed or excessive consumption. It is still possible to find landscapes unchanged by humans, but for how long? How many species will have to become extinct for awareness to be massive, right up to the highest levels, and lead to a real reaction?

Our planet is already in a critical state, and it is our activities that have brought it there:

Transgressing the limits of planetary resilience has put the biosphere into a dangerous zone. The loss of biodiversity is particularly severe.


At the current rate of progress, up to 30% of all mammals, birds and amphibians are threatened with extinction by the end of the 21st century. A plea for the animals Matthieu Ricard

We live in a deeply interdependent world and the future of the animal species that inhabit our planet – and our future as a species – is threatened if we do not initiate change. To preserve our environment and the animals is to show altruism for all.

Karuna-Shechen, in its values and actions, supports the preservation of the environment. For more information on our actions in India and Nepal, read or reread our articles !



Find Matthew’s thoughts and his commitments on his website.