Counted among the many who use Global Footprint Network’s “wallet cards” as a teaching tool is Lama Gangchen Rinpoche, a teacher and healer in the Tibetan Tantric tradition. This past August, Global Footprint Network Senior Associate Steve Goldfinger visited Buddhist monasteries in Tibet and southwest China’s Yunnan Province with the Lama.
In 1992, Lama Gangchen founded the Lama Gangchen World Peace Foundation to promote world peace through cooperation in the humanitarian fields of health, education, the environment, spirituality and preservation of indigenous cultures. Lama Gangchen sees the global ecological crisis as a collective emotional imbalance which is reflected in the functioning of our environment, society, health and relationships. Embracing both modern science and ancient Tibetan traditions in his approach to solving this crisis, Lama Gangchen finds the Ecological Footprint and, in particular, the wallet cards to be an effective way of communicating the disharmony in humanity’s current relationship with the environment.