Making the Universe Real: “Star Talk” with Neil deGrasse Tyson and special guest His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa


His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa is invited to a special “StarTalk” Radio show discussing water, climate change and sustainability with the radio’s hosts, TV’s “Cosmos” Dr. Niel deGrasse Tyson and Comedian/Writer Eugene Mirman. The Gyalwang Drukpa is the head of Drukpa Linage and is the honorific title of the independent Sarma (new) schools of Vajrayana Buddhism. He has received the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Award for his environmental initiatives. The live radiobroadcast will be at The Beacon Theater on Thursday, June 5th. Tickets are limited, so listen to the program stream live on

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa and Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke to me about sustainability and ways NYCers can curb climate change:

What regions are most affected by climate change?

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa: The Himalaya, coined as the “Third Pole” of the earth, is particularly affected by climate change. The Himalaya is home to the largest field of glaciers outside of the polar caps and provides a water source for almost half of the world’s population in Asia. With global warming accelerating the rate of glacier melting in the Himalaya, Asia could experience a water crisis in the years to come.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Our civilization will be most impacted by the effect of climate change on coastal cities.

How can New Yorkers today help those affected most by climate change?

HHGD: Reducing plastic usage can help provide clean and safe water to more of the world.  It may be as simple as buying less bottled water or bringing your own shopping bag.

NDT: NYC would count as a coastal city.  So it is we are among those, going forward, who will need the help.

What is one lifestyle change people can make to help curb global warming?

HHGD: Lifestyle changes can be as subtle as creating one green habit whether it’s buying less bottled water, bringing your own shopping bag or eating vegetarian once a week.  Just take a step.

NDT: Reduce your carbon footprint:  Buy local food (reducing transportation costs).  Drive less. Switch from incandescent bulbs to LEDs.  Wire an all-off switch to you home. So when you leave, a single button turns off all lights.

Any Green Advice for urban New Yorkers?

HHGD: Appreciate nature and nature will love you back.

NDT: New Yorkers already do quite well.  We walk more than most people in the US.  We take public transportation.  We live in apartments, so our ceilings, when warmed, heat the floor of upstairs neighbors rather than the air above your roof.


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