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Earth Day - A Day on Environmental Protection for the Benefit of All


22 Apr 2018
9:30am to 5:00pm

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Anyone is welcome to attend this event!


On Earth Day, Kagyu Samye Dzong London will be hosting a day of talks, films and activities to raise awareness around the need to care for our planet, and to inspire us to do so. We are proud to follow the lead in this of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, who personally drew up environmental instructions for all his monasteries, and 108 points of guidance for other followers.

 “Our world is facing an environmental crisis which is complex, overwhelming and affects us all, but it is difficult to know where to begin and what we can do. It is very important for all of us to change our behaviour and we need to start taking practical steps….

 "As Buddhist practitioners, we believe that our actions must flow from our aspiration to benefit all sentient beings and safeguard our mother Earth and that this positive change in our societies must begin with ourselves first."

- His Holiness the 17th Karmapa

This event will be an opportunity to learn, explore and reflect on our impact on the environment. While the content and shape of the day is still evolving, we already have some inspiring speakers lined up for you. So far these include,

  • Lama Zangmo, who will give a presentation exploring our relationship with the environment from a Buddhist perspective, highlighting the need for compassion and acknowledgement of our global interdependence, called– Ethics: the Buddhist Approach to Environmental Issues.
  • Satish Kumar, who will be talking about Sustainability: Soil, Soul and Society, followed by a Question and Answer session with the audience. A former Jain monk and long-term peace and environment activist, Satish Kumar has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over 50 years
  • Barnaby Shaw of BeeUrban, beekeeper and green issues consultant, based locally in Kennington Park, where volunteers and vulnerable members of the community are trained in the ways of beekeeping. Barnaby’s talk is entitled, Working with Honey Bee's in the community.
  • In Energy, You & The Planet - David Longden will take a look at green energy, and how our personal lifestyle choices have wider implications for the planet and all of us who call it home.
  • Kevin Mascarenhas will provide an Introduction to Permaculture.  In this short workshop he will explore the meaning of permaculture, its ethics and principles, and how to start your journey when working towards a more sustainable way of living.
  • Maria Arceo is a local artist whose work explores The Effects of Humans upon the Sea and Natural Environment. Her latest project, ‘Thames Plastic & the Exploration of Future Dust’ has her in cross-disciplinary partnerships to creatively inform and scientifically challenge our understanding of the dispersion of plastic debris.
  • Local activist and filmmaker Oliver Gardiner will contribute with explanation and video presentations on the subject of Soil Regeneration around the world.


With lots of other exciting activities including:

-       Short films about conservation, bees, plastics, reducing your individual impact, environmental sustainability and soil regeneration

-       Local Green Businesses exhibiting what they are doing for the environment

 -       Crafts and origami for kids and adults

 -       Learn how to make native seed ‘bombs’

 -       Poetry Open Mic – share your environmental aspirations poetically

 -       Inspire others by making a public commitment to do something for the environment

 -       Art exhibition

 -       Environmental Expert Question and Answer Panel

 -       Watch the sun with a special telescope

 -       Try our special Earth Day vegan café menu

 -       See what has changed around the world since the first Earth Day

 -       Learn more about the sustainability of KSD London

 -       Participate in a special meditation for Peace and the Environment


In short this day is dedicated to learning about ethics and environmental protection with the aim of practically applying the values of compassion and interdependence towards the Earth and all living beings that dwell here.

Earth Day - Sunday April 22nd 2018: 10am – 17:00pm - Local, Inspired Action




Shrine Room

Reading Room / in the Park

All Day





Video Message from Lama Yeshe


Lama Zangmo

Ethics: the Buddhist Approach to Environmental Issues

Short Film

What’s changed since the first Earth Day?

Local Green Business Exhibition

Local businesses show-case their contribution to a healthy environment



Video Message From

Lama Yeshe

Environmental Sustainability


Environmental Commitment Board

Share your ideas and make a public commitment to the environment





Satish Kumar

Soil, Soul & Society followed by Q & A

Documentary Film

Animal Welfare & Diet


KSD London

Displays of the Sustainability measures of the Centre




Kids Activities

with Laura & James


Tibetan Tea Room

Enjoy Vegan food and try authentic Tibetan Tea





Barnaby Shaw

Working with Honey Bees in the Community

Short Film Compilation

Plastics & the Environment


Create Your Own Sanctuary

Be inspired, through lavender craft, to create your own space of health and well-being





Watch the Sun

Telescope Activity

(in the park, weather dependant)








Maria Arceo

The effects of Humans on the Sea and Natural Environment

Kevin Mascarenhas

Introduction to Permaculture







Poetry Open Mic

Share your aspirations for protecting the earth poetically

with Jen









David Longden

Energy, You and the Planet


Seed Bomb Workshop

Greening your area

with Deep

(in the park or upstairs)









Kids Activities

with Laura & James








Panel Discussion

Environmental Q & A


Short Film Compilation

Conservation, Bees, Soil







Short Film

What’s changed since the first Earth Day?








Meditation for World Peace