The events “I am here – the Dalai Lama meets Italian businesses” (Rimini, 2005), the Dalai Lama in Milan (2007) and “The path to inner happiness” (Milan, 2012) were rendered Zero Impact®, thanks to LifeGate's collaboration with the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute of Pomaia, in the province of Pisa, Italy: one of the most important centres of Tibetan Buddhism in Europe, of the mahayana tradition. An international school of Buddhist studies and practice, the Institute attracts people of all ages, from all over the world, all interested in deepening comprehension of Buddha’s teachings through an intense study of Buddhist philosophy and psychology.
The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is a Tibetan Buddhist monk, awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Committed supporter of nonviolence and peace, he has constantly refused the use of violence in the Tibetan independence movement, favouring pacific solutions based on tolerance and respect. It is precisely respect for all living creatures that represents the basis of his philosophy of peace, as well as the concept of universal responsibility. Over the years, the 14th Dalai Lama has been committed to finding solutions towards international conflicts and problems linked to human rights abuses and global environmental issues.
Calculating, reducing and offsetting CO2 emissions generated by the Dalai Lama's events in Italy, in order to put into practice his teachings based on the concept of universal responsibility.
The above-mentioned events in Rimini (2005) and Milan (2007 and 2012) were rendered Zero Impact®. CO2 emissions deriving from their energy consumption, participants’ mobility, communication materials and waste production have been calculated and offset, after the implementation of environmental efficiency actions to reduce the events’ impact.
The Zero Impact® event in 2005 contributed to the creation and safeguarding of 2,582 square metres of forest in Costa Rica; the event in 2007 sponsored the protection of 20,200 square meters of forest in Costa Rica for 2 years, and 4,094 square metres of growing forest in Madagascar for 10 years were planted and safeguarded thanks to the event in 2012.