Environmental Protection: Protect and live in harmony with Mother Earth.
In a 1990 speech, Dharma Master Cheng Yen called on the audience “to do recycling with applauding hands.” Since then, Tzu Chi volunteers have worked hard to take part in environmental protection projects. They promote waste reduction and motivate people of all backgrounds to recycle. Environmental volunteers humbly and selflessly do all that they can to care for the earth. In order to protect our planet and promote mental health, Tzu Chi advocates a healthy plant-based diet and discourages meat consumption. By living simply and reducing our carbon footprint, we can slow down the global warming crisis.