We live in a time of profound change. Science and technology continue to expand our ability to understand and change life. Our impact on the environment has grown to the point that we are affecting the planet as a whole. Economies and societies can no longer be thought of separately, for they are intertwined in a global community. Our actions as individuals and as societies affect not just ourselves but our global neighbors. Now more than ever it is imperative that we contemplate and understand our relationship to and the impact of our actions on each other as individuals, as countries, and as inhabitants of our planet.
The XIVth Dalai Lama