Journal Article — Saving Indra’s Net: Buddhist Tools for Tackling Climate Change and Social Inequity — by Angela Tam

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Does the Bali Summit promise a better future for Earth, or are we plunging towards irreversible climate change regardless? The environmental movement has been around for as long as the Industrial Revolution, so how come major measures are being considered only now, when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has given us just 8-10 years to turn things round? Can measures being talked about now save the world? If not, why not? Greenhouse gas emissions are as much the effect of our failure to recognise our interdependence as the cause of climate change. Through its precepts and practices, Buddhism offers the best tools for tackling climate change and related issues at source. In particular, awareness of our interdependence, mindfulness practices and community building are proposed as long-term solutions to the problems we face today.

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Tam, Angela. 2008. “Saving Indra’s Net: Buddhist Tools for Tackling Climate Change and Social Inequity.” Pp. 129-132 in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Sociological Imagination: Essays and Commentaries on Engaged Buddhism (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume VI, Issue 3, 2008.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).

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