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Today, we're faced by means of the gravest problem that humanity has ever confronted: the ecological results of our collective activities. What position can Buddhism play in our reaction to this international trouble? Can Buddhist traditions support us meet this problem effectively? should still we specialise in prayer and meditation or social motion? This booklet exhibits that it’s attainable to do either. It provides the not easy technology of worldwide warming and options to the trouble from a Buddhist point of view, including the perspectives of top modern academics. The Dalai Lama, Chatral Rinpoche, Sakya Trizin, Thich Nhat Hanh, Joanna Macy, Joseph Goldstein, Lin Jensen, and different eminent voices deal with themes corresponding to top oil, deforestation, renewable strength, and breaking the habit to fossil fuels in essays which are either significant and conscious. Prayers for the planet, in addition to steps we will be able to take separately and as a society, supply wish and inspiration.

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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.

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