The Dalai Lama just spoke out on global warming, and it's everyone's responsibility to listen.
The spiritual leader said that human-made climate change, especially in his native Tibet, is a "concern for human life." He calls on the "generation of the 21st century" to take on a more active role in the protection of the planet leading up to this year's Paris Climate Summit.
"The blue planet is our only home and Tibet is its roof," he says. "The Tibetan Plateau needs to be protected, not just for Tibetans but for the health and sustainability of the entire world."
The Tibetan Plateau — nicknamed the "third pole" because it contains the largest ice fields outside the Arctic and Antartica — has more to lose to climate change than most regions. Studies show that the glacial patch is warming nearly twice as fast as the rest of the world, and could shrink by as much as 30 percent by the year 2050.
This isn't the first time the Dalai Lama has addressed this critical topic — he endorsed Pope Francis' climate campaign this summer, and spoke about the implications of global warming during a visit to UCSD. You can hear the rest of his statement below: