May 22 2020

World Biodiversity Day – Facing the emergency together!

PROTECTING BIODIVERSITY MEANS PRIORITIZING ALTRUISM OVER SELFISHNESS

The diversity of living species on Earth is fascinating. We appreciate its beauty and, since the beginnings of science, have sought to understand how it works and the interdependence that binds us together. However, as our founder Matthieu Ricard states, “despite our wonder at the animal world, we are perpetuating a slaughter of animals on a scale unequalled in human history. Every year, 60 billion land animals and 1,000 billion sea animals are killed for our consumption.” ~Matthieu Ricard, A plea for the animals

The environmental issue is scientifically economically and politically complex. But in the end it’s an opposition between altruism and selfishness. We do not have the right to jeopardize the fate of billions and billions of human beings that will be born after us and cause the sixth major extinction of living species on the planet since life appeared on Earth ~ Matthieu Ricard, Altruisme et environnement

 

IT IS NOT TAKING CARE OF THE ANIMALS ONLY, IT’S ABOUT TAKING CARE OF THE ANIMALS TOO

In his book A Plea for the Animals, Matthieu Ricard reports:75% of the world’s environment has been “seriously altered” by human activities, the biomass of wild animals has decreased by 82% since 1980, and in 2019 alone, 400 species went extinct!

[This book] aims to highlight the reasons and the moral imperative to extend altruism to all sentient beings, without quantitative or qualitative limitations. There is no doubt that there is so much suffering among human beings throughout the world that one could spend a lifetime relieving only a tiny part of it. However, concern for the fate of the 1.6 million or so other species that inhabit the planet is neither unrealistic nor inappropriate, because most of the time there is no need to choose between the welfare of humans and the welfare of animals.” ~ Matthieu Ricard

 

ACTING FACING THE EMERGENCY: KARUNA-SHECHEN MAKES A COMMITMENT

In line with Matthieu Ricard’s commitment to biodiversity, Karuna-Shechen is developing several activities to relieve animal suffering, in addition to our actions to preserve the environment.

In India since 2016, our mobile veterinary clinic has been treating nearly 6,000 animals a year. We are also helping people by helping animals: indeed, animals are very important for farming, transportation, and milk production in the communities we serve.

We can all act at our own level to preserve the fragile balance that is biodiversity. It is only through collective action that we can move towards a more altruistic world, in which all living beings live in harmony and in a sustainable way.

Support our projects for the preservation of the environment and biodiversity. Together we are able to achieve great things.