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The annual turnover of the oil industry is about three trillion 40 ♦ A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency dollars. Nevertheless, big oil corporations still receive annual taxpayer subsidies of hundreds of billions of dollars. , at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Coal, oil, and gas rapidly brought about the Anthropocene epoch, and could end it just as quickly. O ur massive, increasing global carbon dioxide emissions are already over 20 percent above those of the year 2000.
Kalpataru, the wish-fulfilling tree,b Manifests on Earth To serve all purposes. In times gone by, O ur ancestors ate the fruits of trees, Wore their leaves, 29 ♦ A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency Discovered fire by rubbing sticks, And sheltered amid the foliage of trees W hen they encountered danger. Even in this age of science and technology, Trees provide us shelter, The chairs we sit on, The beds we lie on. W hen the heart is ablaze W ith the fire of anger, Fuelled by conflict, Trees bring refreshing, welcome coolness.
O ur M other Earth is now teaching us a critical evolutionary lesson— a lesson in universal responsibility. O n it depends the survival of millions o f species, even our own. The destruction of nature and natural resources results from ignorance, greed, and lack of respect for the Earth’s living things. Future human generations will inherit a vasdy degraded planet if destruction of the natural environment continues at the present rate. Our ancestors viewed the Earth as rich and bountiful. They saw nature as inexhaustible.