A lot of Buddhist institutions want to appear relevant and socially active.
It goes with the whole modern vision of what constitutes "valuable" in society. There might be a widespread fear of appearing as social parasites, hence the drive towards humanitarianism and environmental activism, or any kind of field that the masses think is generally important.
The events, to be organized by the Da Huayen Monastery and the Huayen Buddhist Community, will address the topic "Globalization in Buddhism: Ecological Sustainability of Nature and Comprehensive Harmony" to highlight the increasing concerns over balancing human life with the natural environment.
Other topics to be discussed during the forum will include Buddhist practices and richness of mind in the New Era, the dialogue and collaboration between globalization and environmental protection efforts, Buddhist culture and human core values, and the dialogue between Buddhism and other religions.
Another view is that Buddhism has a real contribution to make in order to help save the planet from destruction. For one thing, if people have some understanding of the deep interdependence of phenomena this will help people take responsibility for our relationships to each other and the planet and aid them in taking positive and helpful action to improve life conditions.
_________________Kirt's Tibetan Translation Notes
"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche