Emit love, not carbon

Acharya Prashant
8 min readMay 20, 2023

The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Questioner (Q): In an earlier conversation, you mentioned that climate change is an expression of the sickness of our very soul. I found that to be a pretty daunting and scary way of putting it. My question is, how should we bring this topic and the awareness of what is happening to the planet to the general public without causing unnecessary fear or panic?

Acharya Prashant (AP): You see, if you tell a person, “Let us heal the climate, let us make the world a better place,” you would probably be able to arouse only a little bit of interest. That’s been the experience so far. We have held all kinds of awareness campaigns in various countries through various agencies, so much has been written, spoken, but people do not seem to heed. Everybody is caught in his own world, in his personal problems. People have their own desires, ambitions, fears, and families to take care of and lives to live. That’s how it is unfolding.

So, what I am proposing is, don’t tell people to heal the climate; tell them to heal their conscience, their life, their mind. That’s something they would be far more interested in. And if they can take care of their lives, their minds, their thoughts, the climate will be automatically taken care of. You will not need to bother so much about the climate…