Magazine article The Christian Century

Buddhists Unite on Climate Change

Magazine article The Christian Century

Buddhists Unite on Climate Change

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THE DALAI LAMA and 14 other leaders representing roughly 1 billion Buddhists signed a statement expressing support for the Paris climate talks at the end of November.

Some observers believe this is the first time so many Buddhist leaders have expressed a united opinion. The signers themselves--from Japan, Mongolia, France, the United States, Vietnam, and other nations--call their climate statement an unprecedented show of Buddhist unity, according to the Huffington Post.

"We are at a crucial crossroads where our survival and that of other species is at stake as a result of our actions," the leaders wrote. "There is still time to slow the pace of climate change and limit its impacts, but to do so, the Paris summit will need to put us on a path to phase out fossil fuels."

The Global Buddhist Climate Change Collective statement received further support from Chan Khong, a Buddhist disciple at Plum Village in Vietnam.

"We must take action, not out of a sense of duty but out of love for our planet and for each other," she wrote, as quoted in Lion's Roar, a Buddhist publication.

The declaration is the product of a council of Buddhist leaders formed in

September to contribute to the United Nations climate talks in Paris, according to Lion's Roar. …

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