This helpful and edifying resource presents Buddhist responses to the climate crisis facing the world. The paperback contains the following dedication by John and Diane Stanley:
To the human generations to come,
To our companions, the kingdom of the animals of land, sea, and air,
The great plant kingdom that sustains us all,
The single-celled ones and the fungi that recycle and transform,
All of you who have no voice,
With whom we are inextricably linked
In this net of exquisite energy, this living world.
As the introduction points out, those who deny global warming and ignore the disappearance of many plant and animal species are suffering from what Buddhists call delusional thinking. Politicians and lawmakers, corporations, the media, and the cheerleaders of the consumer culture have all done their part to prolong this environmental crisis. The time has come for Buddhist spiritual teachers to speak out and challenge us to compassionate action based on mindfulness, interdependence, impermanence, and other key perspectives from this wisdom tradition.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama notes that "We have entered the uncharted territory of global emergency, where 'business as usual ' cannot continue." Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh states that we have reached a point of no return: "Now we need a collective enlightenment to stop this course of destruction." There are essays by Joseph Goldstein, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Taigen Dan Leighton, Susan Murphy, Lin Jensen, Matthieu Ricard, and others. They all agree that we must awaken from the illusion of the separate self, the idea of the human subjugation of the earth, and the short-term thinking that stops us from immediate action.
The middle section of the book contains a handful of poignant aspirational prayers related to this climate emergency. Another section, covers possible solutions. A Buddhist Response to The Climate Emergency is a timely and thought-provoking resource.