Our world is becoming one community. We are being drawn together by the grave problems of overpopulation, dwindling natural resources, and an environmental crisis that threatens the very foundation of our existence on this planet. I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for oneself, one’s own family or nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace.
– His Holiness the Dalai Lama
From a Buddhist perspective, to live sustainably means that we not only meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs, but that we also endeavor to minimize suffering and maximize happiness for all sentient beings.
Land of Joy can help develop people’s innate potential to live responsibly and compassionately, thereby strengthening their capacity to develop and sustain what is good in our world through the challenging times of the 21st century and beyond.
Based on the Buddhist belief that our outward actions follow naturally from our inner thoughts and attitudes, we are committed to creating sustainable peace and harmony in a healthy environment by developing our inner resources of compassionate responsibility.
We will continue to develop Land of Joy to help us live in ever-increasing harmony with each other and nature.
In particular, we are committed to implementing the following policies and guidelines:
- To think and act in terms of the impact of our actions on others and our planet, both now and in the future.
- To comply with all applicable legislation, regulations, and public environmental programmes.
- To bank with ethical institutions.
- To recycle, pre-cycle, and re-use all natural resources available to us.
- To utilise natural and health-protecting materials wherever possible:
- All building, renovation and maintenance work will be undertaken with an aim to create healthy environments (domestic and public) given the financial and infrastructural resources available to us.
- Ensure that any acquired materials are sustainably produced and that Land of Joy’s gardens and orchard are maintained organically and supply as much food as possible for retreats and events.
- When food needs to be purchased, it will be sourced from fair-trade and organic suppliers whenever reasonably possible.
- To develop and utilise passive energy systems and resources and to invest in renewable energy schemes whenever possible based on resources at our disposal.
- When purchasing energy from commercial suppliers, to identify and contract with suppliers who are committed to maximising renewable resources.
- To minimise the impact on the environment in all of our living, business and transport activities, including:
- conducting meetings using internet-conferencing whenever possible.
- minimising our use of paper and other office consumables.
- using public transport when it is affordable, and car-pooling when a personal vehicle is required.
- using energy-efficient equipment.
- To ensure that all staff, volunteers and visitors are aware of Land of Joy’s Sustainability Policy and to encourage their participation.
- To make suppliers and clients aware of Land of Joy’s sustainability policy and to encourage their participation.
- To review, and up-grade as required, our sustainability policy at each AGM.