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The Time to Act is Now: A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change

 

We invite you to join us, by endorsing online

this statement from the Buddhist community ...  The Time to Act is Now: A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change .  

And thank you to those who participated in the Global Climate Change March on November 29th, to demonstrate our love for the planet and our request for wise and compassionate action from our political leaders meeting at the UN Climate Conference.

 

 

Our current Greening Action Commitment:

EAT LESS MEAT.

 

Encouraging the Greening of our Sangha

 

“Walking our Talk” by bringing spiritual practice and environmental work together

 

(Much of the following content is based on material from the websites of Seventh Generation and Green Sangha.)


Rooted deeply in the meditation practices of lovingkindnesss and wisdom (metta and vipassana practices), the Westcoast Dharma Society would like to encourage “walking our talk” in respect for the interconnectedness of all life. It is our intention to make individual lifestyle choices and engage in more local/national actions that promote systemic, positive change to the environment.  We also want to do this, not as a reaction to what we oppose in the world, but rather from a place of metta (lovingkindness) for the world, and as expression of wisdom, understanding the interconnectedness of all of life.

We envision a world where a healthy biosphere can support the infinite creativity and diversity of all life, and we are interested in engaging in the work of restoration of the earth on several fronts:

• We recognize that the destruction wrought upon the earth is a result of human beings thinking that we are separate from other life forms. We are committed to the individual inner work of removing the roots of greed, hatred, and delusion.

• We recognize that activists sometimes forget that those who we are opposing are not separate, not “other”. This forgetfulness can lead to subtle hostility and burn out.  We feel it is important to speak out against that which threatens our planet.  At the same time, we don’t want to add to the violence by attacking those we perceive as “others” and the “enemy.”  Alternatively, we wish to practice embodying the lovingkindness and respect we want others to show the earth. It is very hard to practice equanimity and lovingkindness while the planet is being poisoned, yet it is vital to do so. We would like to act ourselves and also to inspire additional activists to meet those that we oppose with thoughts, words, and actions rooted in lovingkindness, thereby leading to a more sustainable activism.

• We recognize that if humanity is to survive, the general population must be mobilized at the grass roots level to perform direct environmental actions. We must change old ways, and shift old energy habits and culturally conditioned harmful actions that are deeply ingrained, one habit at a time, and we must do this inner and outer work now.

 

Current Greening Highlight:


The Westcoast Dharma Society invites you to mindfully consider this one action:


  • Eating less meat. 

Click here if you are interested in reading more about the benefit of this one action.

 

Previous Greening Highlight Actions:

  • Limiting, and then eventually stopping, consumption of plastic bags, by using alternative carry-out bags (made from all-natural fibers, such as jute, hemp, woven cotton, and canvas); and

    fine tuning our use of alternative carry-out bags (made from all-natural fibers, such as jute, hemp, woven cotton, and canvas) to include alternate bags for produce as well as general groceries. 

Click here if you are interested in reading more about the benefit of this one action.

 

  • Increasing the amount of local and organic food we buy, and as much as possible, growing our own.

Imagine all the human and fuel power required to bring our food to our local grocery store! Think of all the people driving out to farms and factories and all the machines they’re using...then think of the trucks and planes required to bring all that food to us.


Now imagine the amount of energy it takes to roll out of bed and water a plant on our window sill or in our garden.

 

  • Recycling our stuff to others in need.

  • Unplugging electrical devices when not in use. 

On its own, the wasted power used by one device may seem insignificant, but collectively it amounts to millions of dollars a year of wasted energy.  Mindfully reducing our use of energy is not only respectful of our use of the planet’s natural resources but it is also one of the easiest ways to save money on hydro bills. 

Click here if you are interested in reading more about the importance and benefit of this one action.

  • Buying toilet paper made without chlorine bleach and from 100% recycled fibers, with at least 80% post-consumer content.

This one action of switching to 100% recycled toilet paper can help reduce deforestation and toxins in the environment. 

Click here if you are interested in reading more about the benefit of this one action.